Community Pastures

Key Contact Information

Community pastures provide a reliable allotment to help establish and stabilize farm and ranch units within the Special Areas. This supports our agricultural community—a vital component of the Special Areas.

 

There are five community pastures operating in the Special Areas that cover approximately 177,00 acres, and provide annual grazing allotments to approximately 180 patrons each year. Community pastures include:

  • Buffalo-Atlee
  • Bullpound
  • Remount
  • Richdale
  • Sounding Creek

 

KEY CONTACT

Brett Richards, Special Area No. 2 Administrator
403-854-5623
brett.richards@specialareas.ab.ca

Roles & Responsibilities

Community Pasture Patrons

Community pasture patrons are producers who have been granted a permit to graze cattle in one of the five Special Areas Board community pastures. They pay allotment fees to the Special Areas Board.

 

Administration

Administration of the community pastures is provided by Special Areas personnel, including the Special Area No. 2 Administrator and the Director of Property Administration. Administration personnel provide operational oversight, administrative supervision, manage pasture permit applications and annual allotments.

 

The Special Area No. 2 District Office provides administrative support to this process and is the primary point of contact for any allotment or application questions.

 

Allotment Committees

Each pasture association has an allotment committee that includes membership from pasture associations. Allotment committee members are selected from current pasture association members and Special Areas administration.

 

These groups meet annually to develop allotment recommendations for the upcoming grazing season. Specific responsibilities of the allotment committee are addressed in Section 11 of the Community Pasture Policy.

 

Pasture Supervisors & Range Riders

Each community pasture has an assigned pasture supervisor and range rider. Pasture supervisors and range riders are responsible for day-to-day operations at each community pasture.

Pasture Applications, Allotments, Appeals, & Rates

How does the application process work?

Applications can be picked up at any Special Areas district office, and must be received by any district office by December 31 for a patron to be eligible to receive allotments in the upcoming season. Community pasture allotments are determined based on applications submitted each year. Applications are reviewed for compliance with the Community Pasture Policy and for completeness.

 

For example, allotments for the 2021 grazing season were determined based on applications submitted by December 31, 2020.

 

How does the allotment process work?

Allotments are determined on an annual basis by the Special Areas Board, based on the recommendations of the local allotment committee. Allotments are issued based on the application information provided, recommendations of the pasture’s allotment committee, and the application of the current community pasture policy. Allotment permit letters are issued in the spring of each year to approved patrons.

 

Patrons are required to pay grazing season fees for their cattle prior to entering pasture.

 

Can allotment decisions be appealed?

Allotments may be appealed in writing to the Special Areas Board within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the allotment permit letter. Appeals shall be heard by the Special Areas Board with representation supplied from the allotment committee.

 

How are community pasture rates set?

Community pasture rates are set annually by Ministerial Order based on the recommendation of the Advisory Council and Special Areas Board. These rates are proposed each fall and are historically approved in the spring ahead of the grazing season.