Under the Special Areas Act, the Special Areas Board is responsible for the administration of approximately 2.6 million acres of public land within the area. These lands consist of 1.6 million acres of Crown land and 1 million acres of Municipal Tax Recovery land. The Special Areas Board leases these lands to local farmers and ranchers for grazing and cultivation purposes.
As well the Special Area Board also issues leases to oil and gas producers for the development and production of natural gas and oil reserves.
Administration is finishing off applications received from the 2004 Tax Recovery Land Sale. The 2004 sale closed February 2014.
Community pastures in the Special Areas exist to provide a reliable allotment to assist in the establishment and stabilization of farm and ranch units within the Special Areas. There are five community pastures operating in the Special Areas which cover ~177,00 acres, and provide annual grazing allotments to approximately 150 patrons each year.
- Sounding Creek