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Grazing and range management

Grazing lease information and range management, monitoring and stewardship.

Services and information

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is responsible for administration of the province’s public rangelands.

Environment and Parks partners with Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society (Cows and Fish) to promote healthy riparian areas.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has developed a policy to guide the beef and timber industries in sharing public land.

This code of practice identifies the roles and responsibilities of leaseholders who are using public grazing lands.

The Government of Alberta has modernized grazing leases, licence and permits rental rate and fee framework.

To manage vegetation for range, timber, wildlife and recreation, the ecology of plant communities must be understood.

Rangeland health evaluates grasslands, forests and tame pasture to ensure that key ecosystems functions are being maintained.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) maintains a network of range reference areas to monitor rangeland ecosystem changes.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) promotes the application of stewardship principles to sustain Alberta’s rangelands.


Rangeland ecosystems have evolved over thousands of years. Through this evolution they have adapted to the soils, climate and natural disturbance factors of the Northern Great Plains.

Find out more at: Grazing and range management – Overview.