Gateway Gazette

Grazing Leaseholders Ordered to Reclaim Public Lands

 

Christoph Weder and Erika Weder-Bueschi have been ordered to remediate Crown lands under their disposition after an inspection uncovered unauthorized trails and other disturbances.

Incident details

  • Weder, the disposition-holder for several sections of Crown-owned lands, was authorized under specific conditions to clear a fence line and trail on one of the grazing lease dispositions.
  • During an inspection of the lands in question, it was noted that the conditions for the fence line and trail were exceeded, unauthorized work had been conducted and disturbances to soil and vegetation had occurred.
  • Use and occupation of these Crown lands may have resulted in loss or damage to the soil or vegetation on the lands.

Terms of the Enforcement Order

Christoph Weder and Erika Weder-Bueschi must:

  • submit a reclamation plan to the compliance manager at the Peace River office on or before June 30, 2016;
  • reclaim the Crown lands in question in accordance with the reclamation plan as approved by the compliance manager; and
  • submit a written final report summarizing the work undertaken to the compliance manager within 15 business days of the completion of the work in the reclamation plan.

Enforcement orders ensure that immediate action is taken to remedy a situation where there is an unauthorized activity. They are one of many tools – including education and prevention – used by the Alberta government to ensure all Albertans can continue to enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

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