Disputes may arise over miscommunications, or when public land disposition holders and recreational users do not have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities. By talking first to local rangeland staff, leaseholders and recreational users may be able to resolve the issue immediately.

At this informal stage, local rangeland staff cannot impose a binding decision regarding access. Although facilitation with local rangeland staff is a voluntary process, it is highly encouraged as many disputes can be prevented or resolved through discussion and education.

Step one

Contact local rangeland staff

Before moving to the formal stages of dispute resolution at the Local Settlement Officer (LSO) level, the parties in dispute are encouraged to first contact their local Rangeland Agrologist staff. These staff members are trained to answer questions concerning recreational access and to facilitate discussion that will help them resolve their differences.

Contact information can be found by region at: Land Management – Contacts

Step two

Lands staff facilitate discussion between disputing parties

At this stage, local rangeland staff will work with both of the disputing parties. The staff will facilitate a discussion between the two parties to come to an agreement on recreational access for the land in question.

Step three

Option of submitting application for LSO Review

Since the initiation of the LSO review is time sensitive, local Rangeland staff will suggest the option to submit an application for LSO Review within seven days of the date the dispute occurred. This ensures that the application is registered if facilitation does not result in an agreement.

Step four

Agreement for recreational access

If the parties come to a facilitated agreement, then the matter is considered settled. If an LSO Dispute Review application was completed, it will be withdrawn.

Next stage

For information on the next stage in the process, see: Stage Two – Local Settlement Officer review.

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