Dispute Resolution Process for Recreational Access to Agricultural Lease Land
Disputes may arise over miscommunications, or when public land disposition holders and recreational users do not have a
clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities. By talking first to local rangeland staff, leaseholders and recreational
users may be able to resolve the issue immediately.
At this informal stage, local Rangeland staff cannot impose a binding decision regarding access. Although facilitation with
local rangeland staff is a voluntary process, it is highly encouraged as many disputes can be prevented or resolved through
discussion and education.
Step One: Contact Local Rangeland Staff
Before moving to the formal stages of dispute resolution at the Local Settlement Officer (LSO) level, the parties in dispute
are encouraged to first contact their local Lands staff. These staff members are trained to answer questions concerning
recreational access and to facilitate discussion that will help them resolve their differences.
Step Two: Lands Staff Facilitate Discussion Between Disputing Parties
At this stage, local rangeland staff will work with both of the disputing parties. The staff will facilitate a discussion
between the two parties to come to an agreement on recreational access for the land in question.
Step Three: Option of Submitting Application for LSO Review
Since the initiation of the LSO review is time sensitive, local Rangeland staff will suggest the option to submit an application
for LSO Review within seven days of the date the dispute occurred. This ensures that the application is registered if facilitation
does not result in an agreement.
Step Four: Agreement For Recreational Access
If the parties come to a facilitated agreement, then the matter is considered settled. If an LSO Dispute Review application
was completed, it will be withdrawn.
Posted: Aug 4, 2010