Range Stewardship

As an Alberta livestock producer, you can apply ecological conservation principles to your grazing practices to sustain the health and productivity of native grasslands, forests, and tame pastures for generations to come.

To facilitate sound range stewardship, the department can give you access to many educational resources, including:

  • Distance learning courses
  • Extension tools
  • Range management research
  • Rangeland awareness publications

Measuring Rangeland Health

The Rangeland Health Assessment Protocol: An Ecological Tool for Land Stewards

When rangeland is healthy, ecological goods and services such as water, forage, and fish and wildlife habitat are maintained, benefitting both present and future generations. The department uses the Rangeland Health Assessment Protocol to measure the health of Alberta's rangelands. This brochure provides an introduction to how range health is measured, and its application and benefits. More detailed information such as the range health assessment field work books for native grasslands and forests, and tame pasture can be found by viewing the Rangeland Health and Assessment menu.

Learn more about range stewardship practices in Alberta:

For the Castle Allotment Range Reference Area Reports, please visit:

Northern Alberta’s Boreal Region Factsheets

Industrial Activity in Foothills Fescue Grasslands

Principles for Minimizing Surface Disturbance

Land uses affect the ecological integrity of grassland environments and, if not managed properly, may lead to the loss of native grassland landscapes. Historical and current policy for protecting native grasslands is built on principles for minimizing surface disturbance.

More information on these principles and supporting documents can be found at:

Drought Management

Environmental conditions such as drought may require changes to your stewardship practices. Learn how you can maintain the health of your rangeland during a drought.

Potential of Rangelands to Sequester Carbon in Alberta

With Climate change growing in prominence there is considerable interest in the role that Alberta rangelands and rangeland management might play relative to carbon storage.

Potential of Rangelands to Sequester Carbon in Alberta is a science paper prepared for the department by Dr. Eric Bremmer, a soil scientist from southern Alberta that reviews the current published knowledge on the topic. The brochure provides highlights of the review paper and will be useful for policy discussions, educators and the general public.


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Updated: Sep 27, 2018