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Clearing the air on recreation and public land 6/27/2014 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...

Quads on Lake Shores: What are the rules and the state of enforcement? 4/30/2014 The Alberta Lake Management Society has asked a good question. It’s a timely one too, as awareness about the impacts of OHVs on watersheds peaks with the annual spring wetness.  There are definitely rules and some...

Is the federal government protecting Canada’s national heritage? Fall 2013 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development 11/20/2013 Earlier this month, the Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (the “Report”) was released.   This Report is the first issued since the departure of...

Second regional plan poses challenge for the Land Use Framework 11/6/2013 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...

“There’s no God-given right to mud-boggers” 5/17/2013 It’s May “two-four”:  begin the bush parties, litter, trucks in the river. . .  the real Fubar.  I wish I could find last year’s Sustainable Resource Development blog post about the perennial rotting couches. There will be liquor bans, fire bans, trail closures,...

ATV roundup: Managing motorized recreation in Alberta 5/9/2012 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...

Castle logging tests public land law 2/27/2012 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...

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan: Conservation areas mean something 9/2/2011 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. ...

Alberta Conservation Association: Conservation travel app makes Alberta’s wild outdoors accessible to everyone 5/18/2011 EDMONTON, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – May 12, 2011) - Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) just launched the Alberta Outdoor Adventure Guide iPhone travel app. The app profiles over 700 Conservation Site destinations across Alberta and is available free on...

End of the line for Caribou in Jasper – Maligne Lake Road 11/19/2010 Despite the declines of caribou in Jasper, and the extirpation of caribou from Banff, still no plans to close Maligne Lake Road. Two articles on this: Going going gone Arbitrary Justice in our National Parks...