Livingstone - Porcupine Hills Footprint and Recreation Planning

The Livingstone-Porcupine Hills area is known internationally for its rich biodiversity, iconic viewscapes, and diversity of climate regimes and ecosystems. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP 2014, amended 2017) establishes the long-term vision for the region and identifies the need for subregional planning to improve the management of cumulative effects of human disturbance on public land. SSRP identified this area of public land in southwestern Alberta as a priority for Land Footprint and Recreation Management planning.

Southern Alberta’s Eastern Slopes are highly valued landscapes for their natural resources, biodiversity and are the source of most of the region’s drinking water. Forestry, energy and mining, tourism, recreation, and grazing are among the primary uses around rural communities in this part of the province. Growing population pressure and the diverse interests that converge on this landscape have led to a need to focus resource and environmental management for its long-term health and use.

This land has also provided shelter, food, medicine and enabled a way of life for Indigenous Peoples. It continues to be culturally significant to a number of First Nations communities for a variety of traditional uses, ceremonies and exercising Treaty Rights.

Managing this part of Alberta has implications far beyond its borders. The Livingstone and Porcupine Hills, along with the Castle, are subregions of the Eastern Slopes that form important components of the Crown of the Continent landscape. The Crown of the Continent includes the headwaters of the South Saskatchewan, Missouri and Columbia River systems and is critical for providing clean water for downstream use. Understanding how these subregions connect, and how to accommodate an appropriate mix of uses and activities are important dimensions of landscape management. In recognition of these multiple values, the Castle area became part of the province’s network of conservation areas, and the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills continue to be multiple-use public lands.

Was there opportunity for Albertans to be engaged in planning?
The provincial government began engaging with stakeholders and First Nations in 2015 to develop the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint and Recreation Management Plans. A number of information meetings and workshops have been held with participants from multiple sectors and communities (e.g. First Nations, municipalities, landowners, recreationists, industry, NGOs). Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 First Nations were engaged through the SSRP Implementation Table and through one-on-one meetings to gather their ideas and perspectives. The feedback and information gathered has been used to inform the development of the final plans.

Consultation opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plans began in spring 2018 for stakeholders and indigenous communities. A number of participants provided feedback through online surveys open between Tuesday March 27 and Thursday April 26, as well as in meetings with indigenous communities. The information gathered was used to inform the approval of final plans.

What is the next step?
The plans will now move forward into the implementation and monitoring phase. Additional information regarding implementation and monitoring can be found in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Plan (Section 4) and Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan (Section 6) within the Document Library to the right side bar of this website.

As part of implementation of the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan, Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) maps are available. These maps identify the designated motorized trail network and supporting facilities, staging areas, viewpoints and public roads. PLUZ maps are updated yearly and serve as notice of the designated motorized network and are the authority for recreational users.

Where can I access Public Land Use Zone information and maps?
Maps for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones can be found at the links provided in Related Project Links in the right side bar of this website. For more information on Public Land Use Zones or for maps of other areas, visit:

You can also contact the Info Centre at:

The Livingstone-Porcupine Hills area is known internationally for its rich biodiversity, iconic viewscapes, and diversity of climate regimes and ecosystems. The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP 2014, amended 2017) establishes the long-term vision for the region and identifies the need for subregional planning to improve the management of cumulative effects of human disturbance on public land. SSRP identified this area of public land in southwestern Alberta as a priority for Land Footprint and Recreation Management planning.

Southern Alberta’s Eastern Slopes are highly valued landscapes for their natural resources, biodiversity and are the source of most of the region’s drinking water. Forestry, energy and mining, tourism, recreation, and grazing are among the primary uses around rural communities in this part of the province. Growing population pressure and the diverse interests that converge on this landscape have led to a need to focus resource and environmental management for its long-term health and use.

This land has also provided shelter, food, medicine and enabled a way of life for Indigenous Peoples. It continues to be culturally significant to a number of First Nations communities for a variety of traditional uses, ceremonies and exercising Treaty Rights.

Managing this part of Alberta has implications far beyond its borders. The Livingstone and Porcupine Hills, along with the Castle, are subregions of the Eastern Slopes that form important components of the Crown of the Continent landscape. The Crown of the Continent includes the headwaters of the South Saskatchewan, Missouri and Columbia River systems and is critical for providing clean water for downstream use. Understanding how these subregions connect, and how to accommodate an appropriate mix of uses and activities are important dimensions of landscape management. In recognition of these multiple values, the Castle area became part of the province’s network of conservation areas, and the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills continue to be multiple-use public lands.

Was there opportunity for Albertans to be engaged in planning?
The provincial government began engaging with stakeholders and First Nations in 2015 to develop the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint and Recreation Management Plans. A number of information meetings and workshops have been held with participants from multiple sectors and communities (e.g. First Nations, municipalities, landowners, recreationists, industry, NGOs). Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 First Nations were engaged through the SSRP Implementation Table and through one-on-one meetings to gather their ideas and perspectives. The feedback and information gathered has been used to inform the development of the final plans.

Consultation opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plans began in spring 2018 for stakeholders and indigenous communities. A number of participants provided feedback through online surveys open between Tuesday March 27 and Thursday April 26, as well as in meetings with indigenous communities. The information gathered was used to inform the approval of final plans.

What is the next step?
The plans will now move forward into the implementation and monitoring phase. Additional information regarding implementation and monitoring can be found in the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Plan (Section 4) and Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan (Section 6) within the Document Library to the right side bar of this website.

As part of implementation of the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan, Public Land Use Zone (PLUZ) maps are available. These maps identify the designated motorized trail network and supporting facilities, staging areas, viewpoints and public roads. PLUZ maps are updated yearly and serve as notice of the designated motorized network and are the authority for recreational users.

Where can I access Public Land Use Zone information and maps?
Maps for the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills Public Land Use Zones can be found at the links provided in Related Project Links in the right side bar of this website. For more information on Public Land Use Zones or for maps of other areas, visit:

You can also contact the Info Centre at:

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan Survey

    The Government of Alberta began engaging with stakeholders and First Nations in 2015 to develop the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan. A number of information meetings and workshops have been held with participants from multiple sectors and communities (e.g. First Nations, municipalities, landowners, recreationists, industry, ENGOs). The feedback and information gathered has been used to inform the development of the draft Land Footprint Management Plan. Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 First Nations have also been engaged through the SSRP Implementation Table and through one-on-one meetings to gather their ideas and perspectives.

    Due to the recent, rapid growth and

    The Government of Alberta began engaging with stakeholders and First Nations in 2015 to develop the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan. A number of information meetings and workshops have been held with participants from multiple sectors and communities (e.g. First Nations, municipalities, landowners, recreationists, industry, ENGOs). The feedback and information gathered has been used to inform the development of the draft Land Footprint Management Plan. Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 First Nations have also been engaged through the SSRP Implementation Table and through one-on-one meetings to gather their ideas and perspectives.

    Due to the recent, rapid growth and expanding human development, the Government of Alberta committed to guiding human development on public lands through footprint management planning under the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP 2014, amended 2017). The Land Footprint Management Plan (LFMP) guides the combined past, present and foreseeable future footprint on public lands for ecological outcomes while providing continued opportunities for economic and recreational activities for all Albertans. Footprint planning considers all human footprint that creates a ‘disturbance’ as defined under the Public Lands Administration Regulation. The Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan outlines a system to minimize the extent, duration and rate of cumulative footprint to achieve landscapes with healthy, functioning ecosystems that provide a range of benefits to communities and all Albertans.

    The plan uses intensity-based zonation to manage footprint. Zoning is a common tool used for land planning that allows better spatial and temporal management of various activities. All zones occurring within the Livingstone and Porcupine Hills are considered to be multiple-use landscapes.

    Input and feedback gathered during the engagement process informed the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan. Through this survey, the Government of Alberta is building on that feedback and is looking for broader input from Albertans. We are interested in your opinions on the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan.

    Please take the time to complete this survey and provide your thoughts on the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan. By registering to take this survey, you will be able to save your progress and return later as needed. This survey takes a minimum of 30 minutes to complete if you are answering every question. The survey has been prepared with all questions being optional, giving you the option to skip questions that you are not interested in, or do not have the expertise to respond. If you are working off of a phone or tablet, we recommend you print off the plans to make it easier to reference.

    Surveys will be open until 4:00 pm on Thursday April 26, 2018.

    The information you share will be only used by the Alberta Environment and Parks staff to finalize the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan.


    Privacy Statement

    The opinions and comments you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) are collected under the authorization of Section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and are being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions and comments being collected will be used by AEP for the purpose of development of the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan. By submitting this information, you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive. If you provide personal information, it will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your written consent or unless required to do so by law by Alberta Environment and Parks.

    Should you wish to have your personal information removed, corrected or have any concerns pertaining to the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan consultation, please contact:

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan Survey

    The draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan has been prepared by the Government of Alberta with stakeholder and First Nations input and is now ready for First Nations and public review. The draft plan identifies recreation activities that can be pursued in the planned Public Land Use Zones and how these activities will be managed to provide appealing recreation experiences while safeguarding the natural and cultural heritage of these landscapes. The draft recreation plan provides strategic direction and detailed management direction that will guide operations. This includes:

    • Establishing a designated motorized trail system that meets the open motorized

    The draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan has been prepared by the Government of Alberta with stakeholder and First Nations input and is now ready for First Nations and public review. The draft plan identifies recreation activities that can be pursued in the planned Public Land Use Zones and how these activities will be managed to provide appealing recreation experiences while safeguarding the natural and cultural heritage of these landscapes. The draft recreation plan provides strategic direction and detailed management direction that will guide operations. This includes:

    • Establishing a designated motorized trail system that meets the open motorized access limits prescribed by the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Land Footprint Management Plan to protect watershed, biodiversity and other values.
    • Developing best practices and guidelines for development of recreation infrastructure, including trails, camping and day use areas that:
      • Protect water bodies and riparian areas from sedimentation and damage;
      • Buffer critical wildlife habitat and ecologically sensitive areas;
      • Meet the needs of recreation users and promote positive experiences; and
      • Identify timing restrictions, temporary closures and other measures to manage impacts to the environment and recreation infrastructure.
    • Improving recreation infrastructure, including installation of appropriate water crossings, upgrading trails and other recreation areas and providing enhanced camping opportunities, as resources permit.
    • Formalizing existing and desired trails and supporting infrastructure for non-motorized recreation activities.
    • Enabling nature-based tourism opportunities where desired and appropriate.

    Input and feedback gathered during the engagement process informed the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan. Through this survey, the Government of Alberta is building on that feedback and is looking for broader input from Albertans. We are interested in your opinions on the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan.

    Please take the time to complete this survey and provide your thoughts on the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan. By registering to take this survey, you will be able to save your progress and return later as needed. This survey takes a minimum of 30 minutes to complete if you are answering every question. The survey has been prepared with all questions being optional, giving you the option to skip questions that you are not interested in, or do not have the expertise to respond. If you are working off of a phone or tablet, we recommend you print off the plans to make it easier to reference.

    Surveys will be open until 4:00 pm on Thursday April 26, 2018.


    Privacy Statement

    The opinions and comments you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) are collected under the authorization of Section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and are being managed in accordance with Part 2 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Submission of this information is strictly voluntary and the opinions and comments being collected will be used by AEP for the purpose of development of the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan. By submitting this information, you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) your permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive. If you provide personal information, it will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose without your written consent or unless required to do so by law by Alberta Environment and Parks.

    Should you wish to have your personal information removed, corrected or have any concerns pertaining to the draft Livingstone-Porcupine Hills Recreation Management Plan, please contact:

    Take Survey