||11,947 acres (29521 hectares)
||Relatively flat with some gently rolling areas
||Lower foothills natural subregion
||34 km southeast of Edson
||Sang Lake 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.
||Mid-May to late-October
||1,200 head of cattle
|Wildlife and game:
||Oil and gas exploration and seismic
The topography at the Sang Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve is relatively flat with some gently rolling areas. Many streams
cross the 11,974 acre property. There's an abundance of spruce and pine trees. The headquarters site is located 34 km southeast
This reserve is within the lower foothills natural subregion. Forest cover is a mosaic of aspen, spruce, and pine on upland
areas. The dominant soils are gray luvisols, with scattered areas of brunisolic and organic soil types.
Some vantage points on this reserve provide spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains which are located approximately 50
miles southwest of the reserve.
Operations got underway in the spring of 1986. The reserve now has 3,747 acres of developed pastures that is fenced out
of the balance of the reserve. This results in a landscape that provides excellent grazing and a variety of wildlife habitats.
The reserve can handle approximately 1,200 head of mature cattle during the grazing season which runs from mid-May to late
The reserve was established to look after the grazing needs of farmers and ranchers in the Peers, Carrot Creek and Niton
Junction areas. Edson's Agricultural Development Committee was instrumental in getting the reserve developed. Several areas
were considered and the present site was chosen because of its location, forage growth capacity, access and physical land
characteristics. The multi-agency approved integrated resource plan for the development of the tame pastures required that
the coniferous timber be harvested before the areas were cleared, piled, broke, worked down and seeded to tame pasture.
Other uses of the reserve include hunting for elk, bear, moose, white-tailed and mule deer, some fishing in Carrot Creek
and its tributaries, as well as trail riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Permission must be obtained from the
regional grazing reserve manager prior to entry. There are also some oil wells located on the west side of the reserve and
exploration work continues.
The Sang Lake Grazing Association was one of the first associations to adopt the concept of managing its own livestock operation.
In doing so, the association now maintains the fences, dugouts, corral system and the buildings at the headquarters. The
association also maintains the productivity of the developed pastures as one of the conditions of the agreement that came
into effect on April 1, 1997.
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 Sang Lake 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