Thursday, June 30, 2016

Public lands enforcement continues over Canada Day long weekend

(Photo Credit: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)

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.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers will be working across the province this weekend to protect the landscape. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy their time off, but please ensure you follow the rules if camping or off-roading on public lands.

Call the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 if you see someone:

- driving a vehicle in the bed or shore of a natural water body;
- driving up and down a stream;
- crossing a stream perpendicular to the flow – with excessive speed or wheel spinning;
- not using a nearby established crossing, bridge or ford to cross a natural water body;
- creating tire ruts;
- creating new vehicle trails in an area that already has existing trails;
- taking their vehicle off trail in sensitive high alpine areas;
- blocking existing trails;
- clearing a new trail to access another area;
- clearing trees and other plants to create a camping spot;
- building or inhabiting an unauthorized structure on public lands;
- leaving large amounts of litter;
- abandoning vehicles; or
- entering closed areas.

Use of the Report A Poacher line was expanded to include public lands abuses before the May long weekend. Here are the results so far:

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