48 parcels of Crown land up for auc­tion

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

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

The Saskatchewan gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing 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 the land might be con­verted by the new own­ers into plowed fields, more profitable for the own­ers, but not suit­able for nat­u­ral wildlife to live in.

Pro­vin­cial staff say 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.

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

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