Land Services Branch


The land mass of the Province of Nova Scotia is comprised of approximately 12,000,000 acres of which 3,500,000 acres are administered and controlled by the Department of Natural Resources as Provincial Crown land. In addition, the Department administers submerged lands along the Province's 9,000 km of coastline. The Land Services Branch is one of the four branches of the Department of Natural Resources and provides service, advice and leadership on all land related aspects of the Department's mandate. The Land Services Branch is responsible for the provision of land related services and the administration of approximately 20 statutes. The Land Services Branch is headed by an Executive Director and includes the Land Administration Division and Surveys Division.

The Land Services Branch management:

  • oversees, coordinates and approves all activities within the Branch relating to the administration of Crown land. The activities are conducted pursuant to the Beaches Act, Beaches & Foreshores Act, Crown Lands Act, Land Titles Clarification Act, Provincial Parks Act, Special Places Protection Act, Trails Act, Private Ways Act, Interpretation Act, Quieting Titles Act, and the policies and regulations associated with each;
  • provides advice on legislative revisions and advises and drafts policies relating to the administration of Crown land;
  • provides advice to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and other departments, staff of the Department of Natural Resources and other provincial, federal and municipal departments and agencies; MLA's, Executive Council, and the public on all matters respecting Crown land administration.

Executive Director - Gretchen Pohlkamp, (902) 424-4267 pohlkagg@gov.ns.ca