attention OHV users
Commencing the May long weekend, and throughout summer, Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Officers will bring educational awareness and patrol the Athabasca PLUZ(Public Land Use Zone). Motorized access is restricted to several roads, with no motorized access permitted off these roads. Recreational users encountered off-trail with motorized vehicles will be educated regarding the restriction, if encountered again using motorized vehicles off trail in this PLUZ that they may be charged.
Planned enforcement approach for motorized access within the Athabasca PLUZ (Public Land Use Zone), located north of Hinton, just across the river. The PLUZ was established for the protection of critical elk habitat. Given the heightened awareness regarding motorized access control as a result of issues to the south, some public may feel that education and enforcement in the Athabasca Ranch PLUZ is new, but it is essential the public understand that the restriction on motorized access in the Athabasca Ranch PLUZ has always been in effect to protect a critical wildlife feature.
To communicate this heightened level of enforcement, we will provide messaging in the media, will erect additional signage, and will provide education through patrols within the PLUZ.