Public Land Use Zones
NOTICE: Changes to Forest
Land Use Zones Web Pages
Under Alberta’s Public Lands Administration Regulation (PLAR), Forest Land Use Zones
in the province are now referred to as Public Land Use Zones.
Revisions to web pages and online documents on the Environment and Sustainable Resource
Development website are in progress to reflect this change, so be aware that some
links may be broken as updates are being made.
For more information about PLAR, see:
NOTICE: Meadow Creek Trail
Bridge in Ghost PLUZ is Unsafe
Due to a washout, the Meadow Creek Trail Bridge in the Ghost Public Land Use Zone
is currently unsafe for use. For details, see:
A Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) is an area of public land to which legislative controls
apply under authority of the Forests Act, Forest Recreation Regulation (343/1979)
to assist in the management of industrial, commercial, and recreational land uses
- A PLUZ is created for a specific land base and the unique conditions that exist
within that land base.
- A PLUZ is established to better manage Alberta’s busy landscape and the land use
activities, including recreation that occurs in a specific area.
- PLUZ conditions are designed primarily to protect areas containing sensitive resources
and manage conflicting land-use activities.
- PLUZs are not designated as parks or protected areas.
Within a PLUZ,
- no motorized vehicles are permitted to leave the road other than to use trails designated for an off-highway vehicles (OHV) of a particular size or type.
- designations indicate the maximum vehicle size accepted for trail sustainability. Vehicles the same size or smaller than those indicated are allowed.
Currently, there are 19 PLUZs covering approximately 11,200 square kilometres (4,324.34
square miles) of public land in Alberta.
For safety information, visit:
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Updated: July 30, 2012