The Alberta government is looking to auction off a small patch of native prairie to be plowed under despite recent promises that no Crown land would be put up for sale.
“The province of Alberta sees the unlimited potential in this quarter and has selected it for sale to the public,” says the land description from the auction company.
“Never privately owned and always in pasture, the land offers up unlimited options for added value production to today’s discerning consumers. This quarter will answer the bell for any new owner and produce big yields off the hop.”
The land east of Taber in southern Alberta is to be auctioned off March 31. The starting bid for the 65-hectare plot is $440,000.
Government data says the land is home to at least three sensitive species: Sprague’s pipit, the common nighthawk and the plains spadefoot toad.
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