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 enforcement action triggered by the Regulation in 2012 looks like a test case.
A major reason for the new regulation is a shift in the issues facing public land managers: from managing resource development to managing use by the general public. The Q&A page maintained by Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) runs as follows: