Black Bear

Established: 1968
Area: 17,044 acres (6897.5 hectares)
Terrain: Level to moderately rolling, with a few strong slopes
Vegetation: Mixed forest
Tame pasture
Region: Mid-boreal mixed wood forest
Nearby municipalities: 22.5 km northeast of Jarvie
Water bodies: Nil
Livestock management: Black Bear Grazing Association (privatized April 1, 1999)

Looks after livestock and maintains the developed pastures in good, productive condition.

Maintains all fence lines, dugouts, corrals and the buildings located at the headquarters site.

Grazing season: Mid-may to mid-October
Cattle: Approximately 1358 cow-calf pairs, 569 yearlings and 45 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Berry picking
Bird watching
Mushroom picking
Outdoor education
Industrial activities: Oil and gas exploration

In 1968, development of the Black Bear reserve started on marginal land that supported virtually no one. Today the reserve has a total area of 17,044 acres (6897.5 hectares) of which 10,195 acres (4125.8 hectares) has been developed into tame pasture. Livestock producers from Westlock, Athabasca and other farming communities in the area currently use this reserve as summer pasture for approximately 1,972 cattle.

The pasture developments have been undertaken using a multiple use philosophy. The result is a reserve that provides excellent habitat for wildlife. The area supports a healthy deer population and both elk and moose have been known to frequent the reserve. In addition to the grazing provided, the reserve is also an active area for oil and gas exploration. The reserve is also extensively used for hunting, mushroom and berry picking, snowmobiling, bird watching, research and outdoor education

Provincial Grazing Reserves are popular recreational sites for the general public. Following is a list of conditions that need to be adhered to when recreating on the Black Bear Provincial Grazing Reserve.

Regulatory Conditions of Recreational Access

Under Sections 9(3) and 9(4) of the Recreational Access Regulation, recreational users must:

  • Not litter;
  • Have direct control of any animal brought onto the agricultural disposition land;
  • Not park vehicles so that they block an approach to land;
  • Not enter or use any building or improvement on the disposition;
  • Not cause any damage to the agricultural disposition land or the property of the disposition holder;
  • Leave gates and other property as they were found;
  • Comply with an applicable recreational management plan, if any; and
  • Comply with the restrictions, prohibitions, terms and conditions, if any, imposed by the Local Settlement Officer, or Director.

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Specific Access Conditions for this Disposition

  • LSO conditions – Foot access for recreational purposes is allowed during the grazing season (May 1 to October 31) only in pastures not occupied by livestock.
  • LSO conditions – No access is allowed to pastures where livestock are present.
  • LSO conditions – From November 1 to April 30, motorized vehicles are allowed on developed roads only.
  • LSO condition – Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office.


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Updated: Feb 6, 2015