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To use the FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool, you need to be familiar with Google Earth and its tutorials, particularly the navigation tutorial.

The FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool is designed to help you view an area of land within the Province of British Columbia to determine basic information on how the land is currently being used. The information can be used to assist you in choosing an appropriate application area for your needs.

For example, privately held lands, Provincial Parks, National Parks or First Nations Reserves are some of the highly constrained lands in their potential for Crown authorizations and will require you to contact FrontCounter BC to determine whether your proposed activity is permissible. Avoiding highly constrained lands when seeking potential candidate areas for your proposed application may improve your likelihood of success.

You can use this tool in a variety of ways:

  1. To discover general land use: a colour legend will appear when you click on each layer name;
  2. To create your Area of Interest (as a placemark, path or polygon) in the correct location you are interested in;
  3. To look at your Area of Interest in relation to other land interests to see if it is available and compatible, and;
  4. To create an electronic file of your Area of Interest that can be submitted with your electronic application.

DISCLAIMER: This tool does not show all interests, you should contact FrontCounter BC to see if other interests exist that may conflict with your application before submitting it. Your saved geomark can be emailed to FrontCounterBC@gov.bc.ca prior to submission for this purpose.

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Updates June 2014

The following enhancements have been incorporated into the FrontCounter BC Discovery Tool:

  1. New Data Layers:
    1. A Mines folder containing the following layers: Assessment reports (ARIS); Notice of Work; Coal Tenures; Placer Claims; Placer Leases; Legacy Placer Tenure (MiDA); Mineral Claims; Mineral Leases (MiDA); Mineral Occurences (MINFILE)
    2. A tenure layer and an application layer for Land Act Tenures which displays licences, leases, permissions and Map Reserves / Notations with the ability to see details such as tenure purpose, type, legal description and land file number. (these layers replace the previous Crown Lease layers)
  2. New Functionality
    1. The layers have been reorganized into an easier-to-understand format.