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Science and Environment - Who’s the ‘public’ in public lands?

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Who’s the ‘public’ in public lands? 

Recreational access on Alberta’s grazing leases

Andrea Johancsik B.Sc.,
Conservation Specialist,
Alberta Wilderness Association

**photo provided by: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1338317210925

Public lands policy, law, and management in Alberta’s rangeland has had a long and often-contested history since the arrival of settlers. What are public lands? Who benefits from land used for grazing? And who has the right to access public lands? Andrea will raise these sometimes contentious questions from the conservation perspective of the Alberta Wilderness Association. Andrea will touch on and overview all three main issues (sales, compensation, and access) then zoom in a bit to access to grazing lease land as that is a particular piece of a broader campaign AWA is working toward (and has worked towards for decades).

Though Andrea has lived in Melbourne, Kingston and Singapore, she is a born and raised Calgarian and has worked and traveled extensively throughout southern Alberta. Andrea’s conservation focus is on AWA’s wilderness priorities in the South Saskatchewan River Basin within southern Alberta. She hopes to encourage others to share her passion for responsible management and enjoyment of the mountains, prairie and badlands she has grown to cherish.

Come for an evening of discovery and discussion in an informal and intimate setting! Each month we will have an interactive presentation from a different presenter.

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