About Permanent Sample Plots (PSP)/Research Sample Plots (RsP)

A PSP/RsP can be held under:

  • Disposition Reservation (DRS),
  • Consultative Notation (CNT), or
  • Protective Notation (PNT).

Each type of reservation has an associated penalty that can be invoked if the protected plot is disturbed.

Clients applying to utilize Crown land must obtain a land standing listing (of activities on Crown land within an area defined by a legal description) from the Geographic Land Information Planning System (GLIMPS). This site contains PSP/Research Plot (RsP) information on reservations that are administered by the offices.

The remarks on a land standing will provide the plot number, as well as a contact person's phone number.

Permanent Sample Plot (PSP)/Research Sample Plot (RsP) Database Search

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Plots Listed in the PSP Database

Not all PSP or reserve plots with reservations in the province are listed in the database. See disclaimer below.

Only a portion of CFS plots are included in this data base. Check with GLIMPS for a complete listing.

Proceeding with a search for any plot infers agreement to the terms and conditions set out in the Copyright and Disclaimer statements.

Update History

To view information on the update history of the PSP database, see:

The last Forest Management Plots update was on May 13, 2009.

Shape Files & Raw Data

Permanent Sample Plots Resources


Research Sample Plot


Permanent Sample Plot information is provided solely for the user's information and, while thought to be accurate, is provided strictly "as is" and without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. GPS/maps accuracy is plus or minus 50 metres.

The onus is on the company/individual to locate any plots prior to conducting any activity near these dispositions. The Crown, its agents, employees or contractors will not be liable to you for any damages, direct or indirect, or lost profits or data arising out of your use of information provided at this site. Proceeding beyond this disclaimer constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Please Note! Not all the sample plots within the Province of Alberta, whether on crown or private land are listed on this page. It is the sole responsibility of the company/individual that is conducting the activity to make certain that they are not violating a sample plot.


PSP Contacts

Canadian Forest Service
Jim Stewart

780 435-7224
780 435-7359
Email: jstewart@NRCan.gc.ca

Foothills Growth and Yield Association
Bruce Nielsen
Field Coordinator

780 706-2188
780 720-2402
Email: bruce@wfmiconsulting.com

Foothills Model Forest Natural Disturbance Research Program
Kris McCleary
Coordinator, Disturbance Program

780 865-8218
780 865-8331
Email: Kris.McCleary@gov.ab.ca

Forest Management Branch
Darren Aitkin

780 644-5581
780 427-0085
Email: Darren.Aitkin@gov.ab.ca

Rangeland Management Branch
Mike Willoughby
General Range Reference Program

780 422-4598
780 722-0454
Email: mike.willoughby@gov.ab.ca

Government of Alberta

Office hours:
Monday - Friday 0815 - 1200 and 1300 - 1630 hours

Edmonton Office, Forest Management Branch
Agriculture and Forestry

9920-108 Street, 8th Floor
Edmonton AB T5K 2M4
Phone: 780 427-8474
Fax: 780 427-0084

Smokey Lake Office
Alberta Tree Improvement and Seed Centre

Agriculture and Forestry

PO Box 750
Smoky Lake AB T0A 3CO
Phone: 780 656-5072
Fax: 780 656-2120

Government of Canada

Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Forest Service

Northern Forestry Centre


5320 - 122 Street
Edmonton AB T6H 3S5
Phone: 780 435-7210
Fax: 780 435-7359

Foothills Model Forest

Foothills Growth and Yield Association
Environmental Training Centre

Box 6330
Hinton AB T7V 1X6
Phone: 780 865-8330 or 780 865-8290
Fax: 780 865-8331

Updated: Aug 22, 2016