Natural Resources

Interim map-staking system now in place (08/11/13)

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Nov. 13, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Mineral claim-staking has resumed following the development of an interim map-staking system, Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles announced today.

Claim staking was suspended June 26 in response to concerns from landowners about the right of prospectors to go on their properties without notification to undertake ground-staking mineral claims.

Stiles said his department is working on a permanent online electronic map-staking system to be implemented in November 2009. In the meantime, an interim map-staking system has been developed to accommodate industry needs.

The interim system will allow prospectors to select claim units on a map-based grid system and apply for the sole right to undertake exploration. Prospectors will make their claim unit selection and submit their applications by fax to the recorder's office in Fredericton, where they will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

Stiles said the department has put in place the necessary facilities to help prospectors use the interim system.

"Prospector claim application rooms have been established in Fredericton and Bathurst with access to the necessary maps, equipment and advice to apply for mineral rights under the new map-staking system," Stiles said. "As well, training courses on the operation of the new system were recently offered at the Department of Natural Resources' exploration, mining and petroleum conference. Together, these support services will facilitate the successful transition from ground staking to map staking."

For more information, visit or contact Ron Shaw, recorder, minerals and petroleum development branch, 506-453-2206, e-mail,


MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Natural Resources, 506 453-2614.