Land Access

Surveying Alberta's biodiversity on your land.

  • All ABMI sites are randomly selected, and are therefore not chosen on any particular land use or habitat type. Randomly choosing sites ensures the ABMI’s data is not biased, and instead accurately represents the different habitats and land use types in proportion to their existence in Alberta.

  • Providing permission for the ABMI to survey biodiversity on your land means you are an active member of a world-class monitoring program and are committed to land stewardship in Alberta. You will also receive an information package describing the species detected on your land once every five years, plus access to photos from any game cameras on your land, which can be used as a measure of your own positive stewardship practices.

  • The ABMI does not release exact site locations or landowner information to protect the confidentiality of sites and their owners. The ABMI is not a management agency, and will not directly impact the management of your land. The ABMI’s public data does not include exact site locations, and protects the anonymity of landowners so rare species and weeds may not be tracked to a specific location.

  • Landowners maintain all property rights on their land, regardless of the existence of an ABMI survey site. The ABMI would like to return to sites whether the land use has changed, or not, as a way of measuring changes in species, habitat and human land use across the province over time.

  • The ABMI follows strict rules when accessing private and leased land, and uses non-invasive survey protocols to prevent any damage. Learn more about our survey protocols, and our site access rules.

  • The ABMI agrees to hold harmless the land holder from any and all third part claims, demands or actions for which the ABMI is legally responsible, including those arising out of negligence or willful acts by the ABMI or the ABMI’s employees, volunteers or agents.

  • The ABMI’s field technologists will access each ABMI site two to three days over the summer, once every five years. Landowners will be contacted for permission to re-survey the land every five years, and will be notified one week prior to each site visit.

  • ABMI Land Access Coordinators work closely with members of industry to ensure our crews have all necessary safety equipment (PPE), training (e.g., H2S Alive), and site-specific orientations as required by individual companies and leases.

  • The ABMI is a not-for-profit organization operated in partnership with InnoTech Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, the University of Alberta, and the University of Calgary. We are funded by a public-private partnership, including the Government of Alberta, Environment Canada, and members of Alberta’s natural resource industries. See a complete list of sponsors here.

More questions? Feel free to contact:

Christina Colenutt

Access Manager

Jordan Bell

Access Support

Land Access

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