Land Use

A collection of provincial Land Use geo-administrative boundaries are provided by Alberta Environment and Parks to AltaLIS Ltd. for distribution to the public under the Province of Alberta’s ‘Open Government Licence’.

These boundaries are offered as fee free downloads from their website and are provided in ESRI Shapefile format, see:

In addition to what is available through AltaLIS Ltd., the following Land Use data sets are distributed by Alberta Environment and Parks.

Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) - Footprint Sublayers - Circa 2014

Identification Information

Abstract

The Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) is collaboration between the following organizations:

  • Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP)
  • The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI)
  • GeoDiscover Alberta
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF)
  • Alberta Energy (AE)
  • Various non-government organizations.

The goal of the AHFMP is to improve the accuracy of the human footprint data and to focus expertise from the various organizations on a single footprint product.

Currently AEP and ABMI co-lead the program. The AHFMP stratifies footprint features into footprint sublayers based on logical groupings:

  • Roads,
  • oil and gas well pads,
  • rail lines,
  • gravel pits,
  • agriculture fields are examples of sub layers.

The purpose of the footprint AHFMP sub-layers are to provide organizations:

  • a value-neutral,
  • well documented,
  • scientifically defensible footprint features,

that reflect the original direct mechanical disturbance of various human activities.

This data product is available as a fee free download under the Open Government Licence - Alberta.

Distribution Information

Data Product Download

Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) - Footprint Sublayers - Circa 2014

Format Name

ESRI - File Geodatabase / Shapefile

PLEASE NOTE: Your use of the information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information.

Metadata Reference Information

Detailed metadata for this product may be viewed on GeoDiscover Alberta.

To discover the metadata, click "Catalogue Search" and in the "Search" box, type in: Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) - Footprint Sublayers - Circa 2014

Oil Sands Industrial Features

Identification Information

Abstract

This landcover / landuse dataset has been produced and submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks to partially fulfill requirements for conservation and reclamation data submission under Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) oil sands approvals (2010 onwards). Historical landcover / landuse data was created from a variety of sources including satellite imagery classification, operator data, base features.

The geographical and temporal extent of the dataset may cover the historical, current or future spatial extent for any give oil sands mine operator for which mine development activities have been granted.

Required attributes in this feature class include;

  • industry operator identification, industry type and project status,
  • source data, and
  • general landcover status

The purpose of this dataset is to obtain oil sands landcover / landuse status for;

  • natural,
  • cleared,
  • disturbed, and
  • reclaimed features

within an approved oil sands project development area and, to obtain oil sands disturbance and reclamation features derived from;

  • historical
  • current, and
  • mine closure data.

More detailed landcover / landuse status is identified in the Landcover_2 attribute.

Data for the following time periods is included;

  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 1980s
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 1998
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2007
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2010
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2011
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2012
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2013
  • Oil Sands Industrial Features - 2014
Distribution Information

Format Name

ESRI – File Geodatabase

Fees

Free of Charge (Electronic Delivery)

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Metadata Reference Information

Detailed metadata for this product may be viewed on GeoDiscover Alberta.

To discover the metadata, click "Catalogue Search" and in the "Search" box, type in: Oil Sands Industrial Features

Peat Application Area

Identification Information

Abstract

The Peat Application Area dataset depicts available land which may contain peat resources, and the requirement of a peat application in Alberta.

Areas where peat exploration is not allowed due to environmental concerns such as the presence of;

  • waterbodies and rivers,
  • trumpeter swan lakes,
  • parks and protected areas,
  • key wildlife and biodiversity areas,
  • caribou zones,
  • and HUC 8 watersheds with bull trout and arctic grayling.

This generalized product represents areas where a peat harvesting application can be submitted.

The Peat Application Area dataset was created to support the Directive 'Allocation and Sustainable Management of Peat Resources on Public Land', which can be found at:

It was designed to provide users with a resource for identifying available land in Alberta that may have peat deposits.

This data product is available as a fee free download under the Open Government Licence - Alberta.

Distribution Information

Data Product Download

Peat Application Area

Format Name

ESRI - File Geodatabase / Shapefile

PLEASE NOTE: Your use of the information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information.

Metadata Reference Information

Detailed metadata for this product may be viewed on GeoDiscover Alberta.

To discover the metadata, click "Catalogue Search" and in the "Search" box, type in: Peat Application Area

Provincial Grazing Reserves (PGRs)

Identification Information

Abstract

Digitized boundaries for all 32 Provincial Grazing Reserves (PGRs) located throughout Alberta.

Purpose

To provide summer pasture for Alberta's farmers and ranchers on public land, enabling them to use their own land for crop and hay production.

The reserves also offer a variety of recreational opportunities including:

  • hunting
  • hiking
  • trail riding
  • cross-country skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • sightseeing

Others who use grazing land are:

  • oil and gas well operators
  • pipeline companies
  • gravel haulers
  • seismic crews

Large portions of the reserves also provide excellent habitat for wildlife.

Supplemental
Information

Additional information regarding Provincial Grazing Reserves is found at the following location:

Time Period of
Content

Calendar Date
November 1999

Browse
Graphic

Provincial Grazing Reserve Sample Image

Data Quality Information

Horizontal
positional
accuracy

Variable

Lineage

Various source data was used to capture the boundary.

Spatial Data Organization Information

Direct
Spatial
Reference
Method

Vector

Spatial Reference Information

Horizontal
Coordinate
System
Definition

Planar

Map
Projection
Name

TTM

Horizontal
Datum Name

NAD83

Distribution Information

Format Name

Shapefile

Format
Information
Content

The data is distributed as a complete provincial extent.

Fees

No charge.

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Water Act Codes of Practice

Identification Information

Abstract

What are Water Act Codes of Practice?

Codes of Practice regulate certain activities under the Water Act (the Act) that would normally require an approval to be obtained.

  • The Codes set out the standards and conditions to be met to ensure the activity minimizes the disturbance and impact on the environment when undertaking or conducting the activities governed by the Codes.
  • The Codes fall within the Act and its Regulations.
  • Alberta Environment and Parks is the government ministry responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act.

Codes of Practice management area digital maps

Digital vector data of the Codes of Practice management areas are available for:

  • Brooks
  • Calgary (In Force Date June 24th, 2013)
  • Camrose
  • Canmore
  • Edson
  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • High Prairie
  • Lac La Biche
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Peace River
  • Pincher Creek (In Force Date June 24th, 2013)
  • Red Deer
  • Rocky Mountain House (In Force Date June 24th, 2013)
  • Stony Plain
  • St. Paul (In Force Date June 24th, 2013)

Codes of Practice water-related legislation:

Purpose

To provide the user with a visual context of the Codes of Practice water-related legislation for each district. This data is for display purposes only and the boundaries should not be used for analysis.

Supplemental
Information

This digital data package was created to support the production of the printed maps provided in the "Code of Practice Kit of Maps & Associated Codes" that are available from the Alberta Queen’s Printer.

Spatial Data Organization Information

Direct
Spatial
Reference
Method

Vector

Spatial Reference Information

Horizontal
Coordinate
System
Definition

Planar

Map
Projection
Name

TTM

Horizontal
Datum Name

NAD83

Distribution Information

Format Name

MicroStation (.dgn)

Fees

Free of Charge (Electronic Delivery)

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Wildlife Sensitivity Maps – Data Sets

The Wildlife Sensitivity Map data sets were developed according to standards set by the Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), as outlined in Part Two of Approval Standards for the Enhanced Approval Process (EAP). To access this document, see:

These data sets are to replace the following Wildlife Referral data sets which are no longer available:

  • Wildlife Referral – Land Use Activities in the Clearwater Area of the Southwest Region
  • Wildlife Referral – Land Use Activities in Areas 3 and 4 of the Southwest Region
  • Wildlife Referral – Land Use Activities in Smoky Area of the Southwest Region

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Updated: Jun 30, 2017