May long weekend is a few days away and the provincial government is increasing protection of people and parks in Alberta.
Minister of Environment and Parks Shannon Phillips says more than 300 fish and wildlife officers, conservation officers and seasonal park rangers will patrol public land, parks and protected regions.
Phillips says the increased enforcement comes after a high amount of tickets and warnings were issued last year.
“Officers made more than 77,000 contacts with recreation users on public land and 6835 were charges and warnings for various offences on public land. And most of them were charges and warnings related to irresponsible OHV use and random camping.”
This year, the province is hiring eight new seasonal problem wildlife positions, five new seasonal recreation engagement officers and re-hiring approximately 20 seasonal park rangers dedicated to public land.
A new $287 fine has been put in place for leaving a fire unattended.