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Trapping is a long-standing activity in Alberta that reflects traditional cultural and native lifestyles. Registered Fur Management Areas (RFMAs) identify the locations where trapping occurs. Often, trapping was carried out long before a park was created. as a result, many RFMAs are located partially or wholly within parks (including trapper cabins).  Commitments to trappers in these areas continue to be honoured in a manner as similar as possible to trapping carried out outside parks.  

The intent of the Program Policy for Managing Fur Trapping in Alberta's Parks and Protected Areas (Trapping Policy) is to ensure an appropriate balance between fur trapping and the public's desire for opportunities to view wildlife in a natural and safe setting.

Trapping in Alberta's provincial parks is managed through:

For trappers with RFMAs in parks:

Check to learn more about trapping in Alberta.

Agricultural Grazing/Haying

Heritage rangelands and heritage rangeland natural areas are specific classes of parks that recognize agricultural activities such as cattle grazing and occasional haying as important range management tools. The heritage rangelands classification was developed during the Special Places initiative to allow ranchers to continue longtime stewardship practices.

Natural areas and some provincial parks and  provincial recreation areas may also allow grazing and haying for conservation, vegetation management and range management purposes. Cultivation of existing native grassland is not permitted within ANY park classification. Typically, most sites with agricultural activities are in the southern Alberta "prairies". 

We ask the public to be respectful of grazing/haying activities on these lands.

Agricultural dispositions such as grazing leases, annual grazing permits and annual haying permits are administered differently depending on the class of park.   

Agricultural Dispositions for Heritage Rangelands (including Heritage Rangeland Natural Areas) & Natural Areas

Agricultural Dispositions for Provincial Parks & Provincial Recreation Areas

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Updated: Jun 6, 2017