Public Lands Compliance Reporting

Alberta’s Public Lands Compliance Program

A Public Lands Compliance Program was developed and implemented in 2016 and 2017 to address recreation activities on Alberta’s vacant public lands (not including provincial parks). This province wide program involves a multi-agency approach, including:

  • Conservation Officers
  • Fish and Wildlife Officers
  • Forest Officers
  • Lands Officers
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Seasonal Park Rangers
  • Sheriffs
  • Other municipal enforcement agencies

Education, prevention and enforcement are integral components of addressing public land abuse. This program ensures the laws and regulations that protect Alberta’s public land are understood and followed.

For in-depth information on the Government of Alberta’s compliance efforts on public lands, please see:

Enforcement Actions Statistics

Statistics collected between May 1 to September 30 are updated here every 14 days. Statistics collected between October 1 and April 30 are updated monthly.

Long Weekend Special Reports will also be provided throughout the calendar year. See:

Enforcement Actions Monthly Stats – November 1, 2017

The enforcement actions statistics are an overview of charges, warnings and other enforcement actions issued by:

  • Conservation Officers and Seasonal Park Rangers from Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Justice and Solicitor General’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch

Enforcement actions include all types of legislation officers routinely encounter on public lands, including:

  • Criminal Code and various other legislation
  • Fisheries Act
  • Liquor Act
  • Public Lands Act
  • Public Lands Administration Regulation
  • Traffic Safety Act
  • Wildlife Act

Summary Table: Enforcement Actions

 

Prosecutions

Written Warnings

All Other Enforcement Actions1

Boating Legislation

10

60

3

Criminal Legislation

5

32

1

Environment Legislation

18

7

7

Fisheries Legislation

898

570

14

Forestry Legislation

23

23

3

Liquor and Gaming

423

99

-

Traffic Safety Legislation

964

636

117

Wildlife Legislation

161

72

-

All Other Legislation (Subtotal of Above)

2502

1499

145

Public Lands Legislation

229

286

64

Total Enforcement Actions

2731

1785

209

1 Except Verbal Warnings

Graph: Enforcement Actions

Graph showing Public Lands Enforcement Action Stats for October 31, 2017: Total Prosecution 2731; Total Written Warnings: 1785; All Other Enforcement Actions: 209

Graph: Total Enforcement Actions

View total comparative enforcement actions for time period Apr 1 to Oct 31, 2017.

Graph showing Total Comparative Public Lands Enforcement Actions from April 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017

Educational and Peace Officer Contacts Monthly Stats – November 1, 2017

Education/Outreach Contacts

Includes all members of the public contacted on public lands by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) staff, including Lands Officers and seasonal Recreation Public Engagement Officers, whose primary role is to provide education/outreach information.

Contacts include the same groups that enforcement officers are in contact with.

Education is an integral component for an effective compliance assurance program. Raising the awareness and understanding of the government’s regulatory system and compliance assurance goals and principles.

Contacts by Peace Officers

Includes all members of the public (including anglers, campers, hunters and other recreational users) contacted on public lands by:

  • Conservation Officers and Seasonal Park Rangers from Alberta Environment and Parks
  • Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Justice and Solicitor General’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch.

In addition to enforcing various types of legislation, enforcement officers also provide educational messages during compliance checks.

The majority of the public comply with the rules and are responsible stewards, enjoying various outdoor activities.

Summary Table: Educational and Peace Officer Contacts

 

JSG Fish and Wildlife Officers

AEP Operations Division

AEP Parks Division

Staff Patrol Time (Person-Hours)

14227.8

2163.0

6466.7

Educational Contacts

-

9717

-

Peace Officer Contacts

20141

-

28999

Graph: Educational and Peace Officer Contacts

Graph showing Public Lands Peace Officer and Educational Contact Stats for October 31, 2017: Total Peace Officer Contacts 49140; Total Educational Contacts: 9717

Report A Poacher (RAP) Calls Monthly Stats – November 1, 2017

The public are encouraged to report serious contraventions of public lands related legislation. RAP will accept complaints and forward them for action. Serious contraventions of public lands legislation includes:

Wheeled and tracked vehicles being operated and parked on the bed, shore or in the water of Alberta’s streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

  • Closed area contraventions and contraventions of regulations in Public Lands Use Zones (PLUZ’s)
  • Damage or loss to public lands (including dumping of garbage)
  • Random camping in the same location for greater than 14 days (including squatters)
  • Unauthorized structures on public lands

The following chart provides an overview of the number of public lands related RAP calls.

Summary Table: Report A Poacher (RAP) Calls 1 800 642-3800

Public Lands Calls to Report A Poacher Line

214

Graph: Report A Poacher (RAP) Calls 1 800 642-3800

Graph showing Report A Poacher Calls Stats for October 31, 2017: Total RAP Calls: 214

Related Information

Download the zip file below to access photo examples of recent public lands abuses:

 

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Updated: Nov 9, 2017