Fate of Crown land at Owls Head still undetermined

The Facebook group Save Owls Head Provincial Park and others are heralding a private company’s withdrawal from a letter of offer to buy and develop Crown land at Owls Head on the Eastern Shore as a landmark citizen-led victory.

But questions remain about what will become of the 285 hectares of Crown land, divided into four parcels, that has been at the centre of controversy ever since it was removed from the province’s parks and protected plan in 2019 by the Liberal government for the purpose of reaching a conditional agreement to sell it to developer Beckwith Gilbert.