Blueberry Mountain Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1981
Area: 9623 acres
Region: Dry Mixedwood
Nearby municipalities: 48 km northwest of Spirit River
Livestock management:

Blueberry Mountain Grazing Association

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
Capacity: 5,000 Animal Unit Months (AUMs)
Wildlife and Game: Moose, bear, deer, elk, wolves, coyotes, birds
Recreational activities: Deer Hunting
Moose Hunting
Trail Riding
Picnicking
Snowmobiling
Industrial activities: Oil, seismic, pipelines

Long before development work began on the Blueberry Mountain Provincial Grazing Reserve, the area 48 km northwest of Spirit River was reserved for pasture use. Local residents called it "Moose Pasture" because of the large moose population found there. The reserve is located in the dry mixedwood natural subregion.

Blueberry Mountain covers 9,623 acres and is situated on a large hill offering a good view of the surrounding area. Five sections of low quality private property were purchased over the years for reserve expansion. A total of 5,360 acres of tame pasture has been developed within the reserve. The reserve’s grazing season generally runs from approximately mid-May to mid-October. The large moose population makes the reserve a favorite spot for local hunters in the fall. Bear hunting also takes place on the property. Access for recreation is permitted on all parts of the reserve, except fields where cattle are grazing. This restriction protects both the cattle and the recreational user.

Along with some oilfield drilling activity, a great deal of seismic work has been done during recent years. A number of well sites and the associated access roads can now be found throughout the reserve. The Blueberry Mountain Grazing Association has a renewable management agreement with the government in place for the reserve. The association is required to maintain the fences, dugouts, corral system and the buildings at the headquarters. The association is also required to maintain the productivity of the developed pastures.

One method the association has used to maintain the productivity of the reserve is to fertilize some fields and allow others to rest. The fertilized fields are heavily utilized for short periods as a means of slowing down the continual brush encroachment problems associated with the development of pasture land from forested areas. The rested fields are allowed to recover from the intensified grazing pressure of the previous year. The recovery process occurs with reduced competition from the adjacent brush covered areas. This process is preferred to working up low producing brush infested fields and reseeding them back to tame forage.

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 Blueberry Mountain 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.

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: Sep 17, 2015