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Archival description
D Reservations (DRS) records
Series · 1966-2012

The series relates to D Reservations, which are used to set aside land for the use of Government of Alberta departments, other levels of government, and non-government entities. The records many include reservations/notations and applications; amendment and renewal documents; lease/rental documents; plans, sketches, and surveys; financial documents; inspection reports; specific disposition type documents; inspection reports; termination and reclamation documents; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1974-2003

The series relates to Farm Development Leases (FDL), which are issued on public lands that are suitable for cultivation, haying, or grazing. The records may include, but are not limited to: lease and application; amendment and renewal documents; lease/rental documents; plans, sketches and surveys; financial documents; specific disposition type documents; inspection reports; termination and reclamation documents; worksheets; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1966-2006

The series relates to Farm Development Sales (FDS), which are public lands sold to individuals or companies for farm consolidation. The records may include, but are not limited to application and sale documents; plans, sketches and surveys; financial documents; specific disposition type documents; reports; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence. The Farm Development Sale program ended in 2011.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Federal Lands records
Series · 1923-1997

The series consists of correspondence relating to the use of federal land such as National Parks, weapons ranges, research areas, and the transfer of lands. It also includes correspondence about Indigenous Reserves.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Administration
Series · 1991

The series relates to Indigenous and/or Metis land concerns relating to public land. It includes information about flooding of Metis Settlements. The records include correspondence, background information, reports, and other related documents.

Alberta. Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. Public Lands Division
Series · 1962-1996

The series relates to Integrated Resource Planning, which is the effective management and utilization of natural resources and public lands that belong to the Crown. The series includes general information; regional, sub-regional, and local level plans; and reviews of plans and strategies. The records include correspondence, policies relating to the planning process and implementation of integrated resource planning, strategies, Regional Integrated Decisions (RID), and related documents.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1930-1995

The series consists of records relating to the general operational functions of Lands and Forests. Primarily correspondence, the records address general operations, applications, land size conversions, bird sanctuaries, shooting grounds, sand and gravel, pits, statistics, provincial parks, and coal mining leases. The records consists of correspondence and ledgers.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Administration
Series · 1961-1995

The series relates to the divisional review of project workplans relating to land and resource use. The records include correspondence, policies, reports, aerial photography and resource inventories.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Land conservation records
Series · 1990-1993

The series relates to watershed conservation and conservation easements.

Conservation easements are a tool to conserve land through the collaboration of private landowners, land trusts, municipalities, and the Provincial Government. The scope of conservation easements was expanded in 2009 to include agricultural lands.

The records include correspondence, reference material, action requests, and background information for Bill 211 – The Conservation Easement Act.

Alberta. Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. Public Lands Division
Series · 1986-1988

The series consists of records from the Lands Division that address the reclamation of land following industrial use. The records address the reclamation of land following coal extraction and include the concept plan development and related documents.

Alberta. Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. Public Lands Division
Series · 1905-2013

The series consists of records pertaining to Miscellaneous Leases of public land. A Miscellaneous Lease (MLL/DML) is issued for various industrial, commercial, recreational, and residential purposes that require the lessee to hold tenure and exclusive use of the land. A Miscellaneous Lease is used when another disposition type cannot be applied. The records may include, but are not limited to: Lease and application; amendment and renewal documents; lease/rental documents; plans, sketches and surveys; specific disposition type documents; inspection reports; termination and reclamation documents; worksheets; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Administration
Series · 1946-2013

The series relates to Miscellaneous Permits (MLP), which are issued for purposes such as trapper cabins, horse holding areas, temporary campsites, kennels, and storage sites. The records may include permits and applications; amendment and renewal documents; lease/rental documents; plans, sketches, and surveys; specific disposition type documents; inspection reports; termination and reclamation documents; worksheets; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence. The program ended in 2013.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Division
Series · 1955-1991

The series consists of records relating to Municipal Districts (MD) and their dealings with Alberta Environment and Parks. It includes division boundary changes, taxes, applications for lease, land exchanges, reports, and transfer of administration and control. The records may include, but are not limited to taxation and assessment documents; administration documents; plans, sketches and surveys; financial documents; legal land searches; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1882-2014

The series consists of records relating to the activities leading up to the patenting of (obtaining title to) public land for agricultural purposes. The records include, but are not limited to applications for Homesteads, Farm Development Sales, Civilian Homestead Sales, Farm Development Leases, financial information, reports, letters of cancelation, and correspondence.

Prior to 1930, the Dominion Government was responsible for the homestead program. See the subseries, Homestead records, for pre-1930 homestead information.

In 1930, the responsibility for managing of natural resources (including land) was transferred to the Province of Alberta. The granting of homesteads was discontinued on February 14, 1931 and no homestead entries were made between February 14 and July 2, 1931. After July 2nd, homesteads were available for applicants who had resided in the Province for a specified period. At the same time, the fee increased from $10 to $50. The right to obtain homestead entry, second homesteads, and soldier grant entry was discontinued on the 24th of March 1939, and the right to make an application for the cancellation of an existing entry was also withdrawn.

On July 25, 1939, regulations became effective which provided for the issue of agricultural leases on vacant lands within certain defined areas of the province. The leases were granted for 20-year periods with the lessee being given an option for purchase of the land after 10 years’ residence and operation of the land, providing that compliance had been made with the regulations covering the terms of the lease.

Records regarding homesteads were transferred from the Dominion Government to the Department of Lands and Mines in the 1930s. The Province organized the records into GL (General Lands), SL (School Lands), and GRL (Grazing Leases). From the mid-1950s, the records were organized by legal land description.

Canada. Interior. Minister
Series · 1966-2013

The series relates to Private or Public Land Sales (PLS), which give title of the land to an individual or company. The records may include applications; auction or tender documents; plans, drawings, sketches and surveys; financial documents; specific disposition type documents; forms; legal land searches; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1978-2003

The series relates to geophysical / seismic exploration on public lands. The records are organized by private company and each file may include correspondence, application, Seismic Exploration Inspection Report, final plan, cancellation, letter of clearance, process control detail, Geophysical Site Condition report, Confirmation of Extension Request, Geophysical Representation Letter, Timber Damage Rebate Audit Review, Final Geophysical Program Information, Timber Damage Assessment Calculation Sheet, Final Line Width Data Sheet, Avoidance Line Width Supplement Form, Program Completion Notice, reports, Geophysical Field Report, approval worksheet, maps, accounting information, and Preliminary Plan Information.

Alberta. Energy and Natural Resources. Public Lands Division
Series · 1989-1997

The series relates to key issues or matters brought to the attention of the Minister by way of advisory notes or briefing materials. The records include advisory notes, briefing packages and books, action requests, correspondence, correspondence unit information, and Land Use Referral Task Force/Committee records.

Alberta. Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. Public Lands Division
Series · 1969-2013

The series relates to operational records of the Public Lands Division and its successors that address restrictions and the notations / reservation program on public lands. Under the Public Lands Act, notations are used to identify public land and resources that are set aside to achieve a particular land use or conservation objective. A reservation is the identification of a specific intent for a parcel of land.

The records include correspondence, forestry projects, reservation/notation requests and cancellations, reports, agreements, sketches, maps, charts, tables, proposed land exchanges, general land administration information, program reviews, protective and consultive notations, guidelines, and program administration records.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1930-2009

The series relates to policies and procedures for the Public Lands Division and its predecessor and successors. The records include orders-in-council; regulations and rulings regarding land policy; polices; procedures; guidelines; legislation criteria; public land updates; fact sheets; background information; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1976-2002

The series relates to the schedule of charges for public land disposition, grazing rental rates, grazing lease assignment fees, and correspondence relating to rental and charges (including tariffs) on agricultural and non-agricultural dispositions.

Alberta. Energy and Natural Resources. Public Lands Division
Series · 1905-2013

The series relates to Recreation Leases (REC), which document the leasing of public land for recreational facilities such as archery, shooting ranges, camping areas, corrals, and parking lots. The records include applications, reports, worksheets, accounting information, sketches, maps, and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Administration
Tax recovery land records
Series · 1974-1996

The series relates to tax recovery lands. Tax recovery lands are lands that were once privately owned but forfeited back to the province to be managed as public land. The records include inventories, transfer and sale of public land, land exchanges and appraisals, correspondence, tax notices, summaries, survey diagrams, and policy information.

Alberta. Energy and Natural Resources. Public Lands Division
Townsites (TSS) records
Series · 1934-2006

The series consist of Townsite (TSS) records, which relate to the subdivision of public land. The records include, but are not limited to copies of certificates of title; sketches; ministerial orders; requisition for refund of revenue; land standings; applications; inspection reports; appraisals; amendments; and correspondence.

Alberta. Lands and Mines. Provincial Lands Administration
Series · 1955-1995

The series relates to the use of waterbodies on public lands and riparian rights. The records were maintained by the Public Lands Division and include correspondence, agreements, and inquiries relating to bed and shoreline management of lakes and sloughs; draft policies on water management; background papers on Riparian Rights; surveys; definitions; court cases regarding ownership of waterbodies; and other related documents.

Alberta. Lands and Forests. Public Lands Division
Series · 1979-1992

The series relates to the control of noxious weeds on public land. The records consist of correspondence and reports relating to the identification and monitoring program for weeds, which includes compliance issues, weed status lists and weed control contracts, pesticides/herbicides, and spraying guidelines. The records also include discussion papers, research studies, and related documents.

Alberta. Energy and Natural Resources. Public Lands Division
Series · 1983-2003

The series relates to Wild Rice Operations. A Wild Rice Operation authorization is issued on Crown beds and shores of water bodies for the purpose of growing wild rice. The records may include authorizations and applications; amendments and renewal documents; lease/rental documents; plans and sketches; financial documents; specific disposition type documents; inspection repots; termination documents; legal land searches; forms; and correspondence.

Alberta. Energy and Natural Resources. Public Lands Division