Sang Lake Provincial Grazing Reserve

Established: 1986
Area: 11,947 acres (29521 hectares)
Terrain: Relatively flat with some gently rolling areas
Vegetation: Aspen
Pine
Spruce
Region: Lower foothills natural subregion
Nearby municipalities: 34 km southeast of Edson
Livestock management: 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.

Grazing season: Mid-May to late-October
Cattle: 1,200 head of cattle
Wildlife and game: White-tailed deer
Elk
Moose
Black Bear
Fish
Recreational Activity: Cross-country skiing
Fishing
Hunting
Snowmobiling
Trail riding
Industrial activities: 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 of Edson.

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 October.

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