Parks & Recreation

Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act   The ELC is publishing a series of four volumes concerning Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.  This work is to encourage the use of MBIs in a way that benefits the environment and to identify what...

I have been misrepresented by the Lethbridge Herald in the June 26th article “Nobody at the Wheel.” This needs to be corrected because providing the public with accurate legal information is my job. Managing recreational use of public land is hard and complicated.  Responsible recreational users...

The Draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (Draft SSRP) is a work in progress that must do more if it is to advance the Alberta Land Use Framework (LUF). This is the acid test. The South Saskatchewan is the most economically, socially and environmentally diverse region in...

Published in Wildlands Advocate, April 2012 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre The first time I went into the Ghost watershed there were 15 centimetres of fresh snow on the ground and it was still falling. The only other vehicle going...

Regulated access to public land in Alberta has undergone a major overhaul.  As of September 2011, the Public Lands Administration Regulation is in force under the Public Lands Act.  The new Regulation consolidates a patchwork of existing access regulations and provides sweeping new powers.  The first...

A Draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan has barely been public for a week and already the criticisms sound familiar: Conservation areas are based more on low value energy resources than high value wildlife habitat. Even then existing energy leases can be renewed.  Delaying a biodiversity...