Minburn

Established: 1960
Area: 13,527 acres (5474.2 hectares)
Terrain: Knob and kettle
Vegetation: Mixture of tame forage and native vegetation in the hills and hollows
Region: Aspen parkland ecoregion
Nearby municipalities: 24 km southwest of Mannville
Water bodies: Nil
Livestock management: Minburn Community Pasture Association (privatized April 1, 1999)

Maintains all fence lines dugouts, water wells, a corral system and the buildings at the headquarters site.

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

Grazing season: Mid-may to mid-October
Cattle: Approximately 1495 cow-calf pairs, 55 yearlings and 49 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland game birds
Waterfowl
Recreational activities: Berry Picking
Bird watching
Hunting
Mushroom picking
Outdoor education
Research
Snowmobiling
Industrial activities: Gas wells

The initiative for the Minburn Provincial Grazing Reserve came from area residents. Both low quality farmland and adjacent forested public land were combined to form the pasture. Local farmers began grazing the reserve in 1960.

This reserve has a total area of 13,527 acres (5474.2 hectares) of which 9,212 acres (3728 hectares) have been developed into tame forage. The balance remains as native tree cover. The development pattern has provided excellent habitat for deer and other wildlife. A multiple-use agreement involving Ducks Unlimited, the Minburn Community Pasture Association and the government is in place. Gas wells, linked by transmission lines, are also part of the reserve. A registered trapline also crosses the property.

For more information on grazing cattle on the Minburn Provincial Grazing Reserve, contact:

  • Public Lands Office, St. Paul, Alberta
    Phone: (780) 645-6336

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 Minburn 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.

For more information, see:

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