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Is There Enough “Public” in Alberta’s Public Lands?

October 1, 2016

October/December 2016 Wildland Advocate article, by Andrea Johancsik.

You might not have access to the public land that all of us own. You could be denied access to land to do these seemingly harmless activities. It’s all perfectly legal according to the Recreational Access Regulation and lease conditions .In order to enter one of the 5,899 grazing leases in Alberta, you need to receive permission from the lessee and the lease may be subject to certain conditions like “No access if livestock in field” and “Contact 7 days before accessing lease.”

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No public hearings are scheduled. Only one Alberta organization, the Alberta Wilderness Association, is independent enough that it continues championing public land and the people's right of access to it. So people must speak individually, as they have so many times before, directly to the premier, the minister of Sustainable Resource Development and their MLA, and remind them of what public land means to all of us, that none of it is surplus to our needs, that we do not want it sold.
- Bob Scammell, 2003
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