Valleyview Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1977
Area: 15,496 acres
Terrain: Level to gently rolling
Vegetation: Aspen
Patches of muskeg
Tame Pasture
Region: Central mixedwood natural subregion
Nearby municipalities: 19.2 km southwest of Valleyview
Irrigation sources: Nil
Livestock management: Valleyview Grazing Association
Must retain the productivity of the tame pastures, the fence, dugouts, a corral system and the buildings located at the headquarters
Grazing season: Late May to end of October
Cattle: Cow-calf and heifers
Capacity: 7600 AUMs
Wildlife and game: Moose, deer, elk, wolves, coyotes, black bears and song birds.
Recreational activities: Hunting
Industrial activities: Firewood
Oil exploration
Timber harvesting

Development of the Valleyview Provincial Grazing Reserve started in 1969, but it wasn't until 1977 cattle were able to graze. Over the years, the reserve expanded by purchasing adjacent lands. Today, there are 7,719 acres of developed pasture within the reserve.

Areas not suitable for grazing have been left as potential sites for habitat improvement projects. The goal is to increase the food supply for ungulates, mainly moose. This will make the area even better for hunting. Access for recreation purposes is permitted in all areas, except fields where cattle are grazing.

Predator attacks on livestock are common as the reserve is adjacent to a large wilderness area.

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 Valleyview 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

  • No access is allowed into pastures where livestock are present, but foot access is permitted in pastures without cattle.
  • Motorized vehicles are restricted to developed roads and designated access trails.
  • Do not access trails or non-gravelled roads when wet and/or when rutting can occur.
  • Camping is allowed only with the written permission of the Grazing Reserve office.
  • Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office prior to undertaking their activity.
  • No fires are permitted without written permission of the Grazing Reserve office.
  • Dogs are to be on a leash when entering the Grazing Reserve area between May 1 and November 15.

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Updated: Sep 17, 2015