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Forty eight parcels of Crown land in Saskatchewan put up for auction – CP

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 201735 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 11, 2017 

REGINA _ Some land in the untouched, remote corners of Saskatchewan are going up for sale.

The Saskatchewan government is in the final stages of preparations for an online auction in which 48 parcels of Crown land will go to the highest bidder.

Natural forests, natural prairie grasslands, and natural wetlands are some of the parcels that will be sold off.

Environmentalists say they worry that the land might be converted by the new owners into ploughed fields, more profitable for the owners, but not suitable for natural wildlife to live in.

The province says they have assessed the parcels and determined they are somewhat less environmentally sensitive than some others.

This past spring the province put 80 parcels of farmland up for sale on an online auction for the first time ever.

“We have just found it to be an effective and modern way to sell crown land,” Wally Hoehn of the Ministry of Agriculture told CTV News. “The client response has been very positive, very transparent. It allows people to bid. They do not have to show up with a tender.”

The auction is set to begin in less than two weeks. Bidding will close the first week of November.

(CTV Regina)

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