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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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