Friday, April 06, 2012

Easement issue in British Columbia

There is a dispute between fishermen in the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club and owners of the Douglas Ranch near Merritt, B.C. over access to Minnie and Stoney lakes.

The lakes are public but the land around them is not.

The issue will be whether there is an easement on behalf of the fishermen. Blocking access to someone who has an easement is itself a trespass upon that right of easement and can create a cause of action for civil suit.

Also, the private ranch stocks the public lake with rainbow trout. Who owns the fish? See It's Not About the Fox: The Untold History of Pierson v. Post

On the flip side, what if patented [RoundUp Ready] seeds end up on public land, and grow, giving rise to more seeds; is there an act of infringement? What if the seeds end up on private land?


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