Recreation on Public Land
Alberta's public lands contain some of the most diverse and interesting landscapes,
viewscapes, plants, animals and culture in North America.
As a result of their popularity, public lands are experiencing recreational pressures
that produce undesirable impacts on land, vegetation, water and wildlife, as well
as increase conflicts between public land users.
Alberta's Public Land is owned by all Albertans; the land is a shared resource and
a shared responsibility.
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) manages recreational
activities on public lands to:
- enable a variety of recreation opportunities
- enhance environmental sustainability of public lands
- facilitate cooperation and respect between public land users
- improve public safety
Regulations on public land vary throughout the province. Know before you go, be
responsible and encourage others to do the same.
Alberta ESRD provides recreational users with information and best practices on
minimizing their recreational impacts to the environment and on other users.
You are encouraged to enjoy your recreational activities on public land in a safe
manner that respects the environment and other users. For more information you can
Informing Albertans about managing impacts of recreation on public land
Management of recreational activities on public land requires a multi-faceted approach
- legislation and regulation
- partnerships with public land users and other interested stakeholders
- public information and education
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Updated: Oct 22, 2012