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Telkwa River - Crown Land Application for Agriculture

Under the Land Act, individuals can apply to buy parcels of public land or to obtain a licence of occupation. Applications are advertised and the public is given an opportunity to comment.

Recently Advertised Application for Lease to Purchase

Applicant: Kerr, Bruce & Marie
File: #6408139
Area (Hectares): 75.496
General location: Coalmine Road, near Telkwa
Legal Description: THOSE PARTS OF DISTRICT LOTS 223 AND 225, TOGETHER WITH RIGHT OF WAY OVER DISTRICT LOT 225, SHOWN ON PLAN 7474, AND THOSE PARTS OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOWN ON PLANS 6314 AND 7025, ALL RANGE 5, COAST DISTRICT, CONTAINING 75.496 HECTARES, MORE OR LESS.
Purpose and other information: AGRICULTURE/EXTENSIVE

Advertised deadline for comments: May 7, 2009. A Valley Vision reader says that ILMB has extended the deadline to May 14 or 15 and that comments must be hard copy.
Written comments should be directed to:

Section Head, Crown Land Adjudication, ILMB
PO Box 5000 – 3726 Alfred Ave. Smithers BC, V0J 2N0

Map of application area

Click here to view the area in iMapBC.

  1. Posted by Stefan Schug, 24 April 2009, 06:36

    It appears that especially the northern area bordering the Telkwa River is part of the floodplain and buffers the stream against negative impacts including agricultural runoff and orthophosphate input. Privatization or even allowing agriculture in form of a lease in this particular location can only be deemed as very poor resource management! The upper Bulkley River is a good example where such mismanagement and agricultural expansion close to a salmon stream resulted in detrimental consequences for fish and fish habitat! Cheers, Stefan

  2. Posted by midol, 2 May 2009, 13:35

    The arability survey does not list this area as suitable for agriculture, this seems more likely to be a speculative eventual purchase for flipping purposes.

  3. Posted by Dave and Karen, 7 May 2009, 10:44

    Both parcels are within landscape corridors as defined within the Telkwa Landscape Unit Plan and the Bulkley LRMP. Considerable work went into defining this ecosystem network which represents best available science. The area to the north is indeed very rich floodplain, used extensively by wildlife including grizzlies, deer and moose. The forest is productive with large spruce, cottonwood and patches of devil’s club. There are wetlands and back channels with high habitat values for aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Agriculture in this area would likely pose high risk to the natural values of the area and would be counter to the intent of the LRMP.

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