What are Public Land Use Zones (PLUZs)?
A Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) is an area of public land to which legislative controls apply under authority of the Public Land Administration Regulation (187-2011) to assist in the management of industrial, commercial, and recreational
land uses and resources.
- A PLUZ is created for a specific land base and the unique conditions that exist within that land base.
- A PLUZ is established to better manage Alberta’s busy landscape and the land use activities, including recreation that occurs in a specific area.
- PLUZ conditions are designed primarily to protect areas containing sensitive resources and manage conflicting land-use activities.
- PLUZs are not designated as parks or protected areas.
Within a PLUZ,
- No motorized vehicles are permitted to leave the road other than to use trails designated for an off-highway vehicles (OHV) of a particular size or type.
- Trail designations indicate the maximum vehicle width accepted for trail sustainability. Vehicles the same width or smaller than those indicated are allowed.
The forests, meadows, rivers and wetlands of Alberta benefit us all. If you see someone causing damage to the environment, call 1 800 642-3800 to report: what occurred, date, time, location, vehicle and license plate number, description
of the person or people causing the damage, your name and phone number.
Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation Program
In response to the June 2013 flooding, the department is restoring and repairing backcountry trail systems within Public Land Use Zones. For a listing of completed projects under the department's Backcountry Trail Flood Rehabilitation
Regional Plans & Recreation
Currently, there are 19 PLUZs covering approximately 11,200 square kilometres (4,324.34 square miles) of public land in Alberta. There are additions and changes for PLUZs within each regional plan that has been approved. Know B4 U Go and
be aware of boundaries and regulations.
- Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Map- Sep 2012 (1 page, 2 MB)
- Six new areas are identified under the regional plan and are being established as Public Use Zones (one for conservation and five for recreation and tourism)
- South Saskatchewan Regional Plan Map- Jul 2014 (1 page, 4 MB)
- Recreation management planning with stakeholders for key areas beginning in fall of 2014. Public Land Use Zones will be established to support implementation of the regional plan and the recreation management planning.
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Updated: May 8, 2017