Manning Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1978
Area: 9,929 acres
Terrain: Fairly level
Region: Dry mixedwood natural subregion
Nearby municipalities:

Manning 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
Cattle: 2,400 head of cattle
Wildlife: Deer
Recreation Activities: Cross-country skiing

An agricultural development committee and a group of local farmers first proposed establishing the Manning Provincial Grazing Reserve at a location 11.2 km northwest of Manning. In 1977, a planning committee made up of staff from various government departments was established to develop a multiple use plan. The plan was approved later that year and initial clearing of 1,630 acres was completed by early 1978. The reserve is located in the dry mixedwood natural subregion.

In keeping with the development goal of intensified grazing at the reserve, pastures range in size from 150 to 400 acres. Today there's a total of 5,000 acres developed into tame pasture from the 9,929 acres of land within the reserve. The reserve's topography is fairly level. A few small creeks wind across the property. The creeks have proven to be a problem for moving livestock around the reserve. Due to the steep slopes of these creeks, and the potential for erosion problems, expensive crossings had to be developed. Despite these efforts, excessive run-off from summer storms has on occasions washed out some of the crossings. The government is now working with the Manning Grazing Association to come up with permanent solutions to nature's fury.

The grazing season normally runs five months, from mid-May to mid-October. The reserve is capable of accommodating 2,400 head of cattle.

Deer and moose hunting takes place during the fall months. Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers also take advantage of the flat terrain in the winter.

On April 1, 1999, the Manning Grazing Association accepted a renewable management agreement from the government.

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 Manning 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