Gateway Gazette

Public Lands Enforcement Continues over Canada Day long Weekend

There have been more than 1,200 charges and warnings issued since May 1 for various violations under provincial legislation, including the Public Lands Act.

Government took steps to heighten enforcement on public lands this year through a co-ordinated effort by multiple enforcement agencies and use of the Report A Poacher line. Enforcing the safe and responsible use of public lands will continue to be a priority this summer, including during this July long weekend

“We will continue our public lands enforcement efforts to ensure education, awareness and compliance with respect to responsible public lands use now and into the future.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

“Public lands are a wonderful resource that many Albertans enjoy, and I thank the enforcement personnel for their efforts to promote the safe use of those lands.”

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

During the May long weekend alone, Fish and Wildlife Officers, Conservation Officers and Seasonal Park Rangers engaged almost 7,000 Albertans on the appropriate use of public lands. Since May 1, these officers have issued 26 charges and 105 written warnings under the Public Lands Act.

Anyone who witnesses serious public lands abuse can phone the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

Quick facts

Before the May long weekend, the 24-hour Report A Poacher phone line was promoted as a contact for people to report serious incidents of public land abuse.

Enforcement and Occurrence Reporting – May 1 to June 27

Public Lands Act and regulations Written Warnings

105

Charges Laid

26

Forest and Prairies Protection Act Written Warnings

9

Charges Laid

1

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act Written Warnings

2

Charges Laid

9

Traffic Safety Act Written Warnings

100

Charges Laid

205

Gaming and Liquor Act, Controlled Drugs and Substance Act  and regulations Written Warnings

8

Charges Laid

121

Fisheries Act, Fisheries (Alberta) Act and regulations Written Warnings

238

Charges Laid

374

Wildlife Act and Regulations Written Warnings

8

Charges Laid

16

Totals            Written Warnings

470

Charges Laid

752

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