CHARLOTTETOWN - The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has updated the PEI Public Land Atlas to reflect changes in provincial land information and forest cover.
The announcement was made by Island Information Services on Friday, April 11, by request of the Department of Health and Wellness.
The land atlas was created in 2006 to meet one of the commitments of the Island’s forest policy. The atlas identifies all publically-owned lands in the province - whether provincial forests, wildlife management areas, provincial and national parks, natural areas, or demonstration woodlots - making it easier for the public to locate and use them.
Unlike most Canadian provinces, where government is the largest land owner, most of PEI’s land is privately owned.
Public lands are usually individual properties or small groups of properties scattered across the landscape, so they can be hard to differentiate from the private lands that surround them. Some public lands are managed cooperatively with groups such as the Environmental Coalition of PEI and the Abeqweit First Nation.
“These lands are used for timber production, outdoor education, long-term research and habitat conservation, but they are also used for recreational purposes such as hiking, biking, bird watching, hunting and fishing. This is land owned by Islanders and we want them to be able to enjoy it,” Agriculture and Forestry Minister George Webster expressed in the release.
The updated atlas is available free of charge through the web site www.gov.pe.ca/gis. It can also be purchased at the J. Frank Gaudet Tree Nursery Complex in Charlottetown or at Island Information Service for $31.50, tax included.