Province creates positions in wake of land expropriation

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Now that the province has expropriated land once used by AbitibiBowater in central Newfoundland, it has a whole lot of hectares to manage.

Which is why the provincial government recently created two new positions, a Crown lands management officer and a Crown lands management specialist.

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Now that the province has expropriated land once used by AbitibiBowater in central Newfoundland, it has a whole lot of hectares to manage.

Which is why the provincial government recently created two new positions, a Crown lands management officer and a Crown lands management specialist.

They will help with site and field inspections and other related management aspects of the recently acquired lands.

"We've had a lot of calls from people who have remote cottages," said Environment and Conservation Minister Charlene Johnson.

"They were paying a lease fee to Abitibi and people were wondering what they wanted to do with that, and so on. We're telling people to come forward and bring in your Crown title, and we can get that processed and turn that over into our provincial registry, and pay the lease to the provincial government," Johnson said.

She said Crown land is a valuable resource.

"We felt that having those two people in the area would ... manage the land effectively," Johnson said.

"And given the economic situation in Grand Falls-Windsor, it's great to contribute to employment in the area as well."

One group watching the new positions with interest is the Exploits Valley Economic Development Corp.

Vice-chairman Walwin Blackmore said he thinks it will help to have people on the ground in the area.

"It is a brand new situation with the land and not one that can be dealt with at a distance," he said.

"There is a lot of land that before this wasn't available, because it was in the past controlled by Abitibi. There could be a lot of uses, creative use, for that land."

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Organizations: AbitibiBowater, Exploits Valley Economic Development

Geographic location: Abitibi, Grand Falls, Newfoundland Grand Falls-Windsor

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  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I guess Dictator Danny needs more land administrators to make sure all of the land he took from Abitibi gets doled out to all of his soon to be land baron cronies. In a few years there will be more cottage developments, sports fishing camps, pheasant hunting farms, golf courses and gated retreats for the rich and famous in the central Newfoundland woods than you can count. Great economic development opportunities for Danny's wealthy and well connected cronies. I guess Danny's Government will reserve some of the Abitibi land for locals who want to cut their own firewood and Christmas trees. In this Province it seems that one mans land is another mans golden opportunity if the usurper can persuade the Government to drive the real land owner off of his land! I bet the new land administrators will be kept busy.

  • B
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Yeah crown land is a valuable resource that needs to be preserved so some industry can come into it and make it unusable for anything for the future. Charlene Johnson is a joke and everytime she opens her mouth she reassures us that yes she really is a bimbo. I'd say that alot of cabin owners will be getting their 60days notice any day now. This so called have province is going down the toilet, and anything we have grown accustomed to over the years is being systematically smashed by the current government.

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I guess Dictator Danny needs more land administrators to make sure all of the land he took from Abitibi gets doled out to all of his soon to be land baron cronies. In a few years there will be more cottage developments, sports fishing camps, pheasant hunting farms, golf courses and gated retreats for the rich and famous in the central Newfoundland woods than you can count. Great economic development opportunities for Danny's wealthy and well connected cronies. I guess Danny's Government will reserve some of the Abitibi land for locals who want to cut their own firewood and Christmas trees. In this Province it seems that one mans land is another mans golden opportunity if the usurper can persuade the Government to drive the real land owner off of his land! I bet the new land administrators will be kept busy.

  • B
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Yeah crown land is a valuable resource that needs to be preserved so some industry can come into it and make it unusable for anything for the future. Charlene Johnson is a joke and everytime she opens her mouth she reassures us that yes she really is a bimbo. I'd say that alot of cabin owners will be getting their 60days notice any day now. This so called have province is going down the toilet, and anything we have grown accustomed to over the years is being systematically smashed by the current government.