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Newfoundland/Labrador director re-elected conservation council head

Indian Head, Sask, March 31, 2005:

A poultry producer from eastern Newfoundland has been re-elected president of the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) at the recent annual meeting in Quebec City.

Eugene Legge, from Hollyrood, Nfld, was elected by acclamation for a second one-year term. Other executive officers on the SCCC board include: past president, Steve Broad from Woodstock, Ont.: vice president, Don McCabe from Inwood, Ont.; Brian Haddow from Dawson Creek, BC, Scott Wheeler from Strathmore, Alta.; and executive director, Doug McKell from Indian Head, Sask.

"Soil Conservation Council of Canada has gained a strong reputation over the past 19 years as a vital force in the conservation movement," said Legge in accepting the president's chair for 2005. "The organization plays an important role in working with farm organizations all across Canada to promote strategies that protect our vital soil, water and air resources."

SCCC has also become very active in helping establish Canada's agriculture industry as a potential key component in meeting nation's commitment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as identified in the recently ratified Kyoto Accord.

"Canada's producers are recognized world wide as developing and promoting effective greenhouse gas mitigation strategies," says Doug McKell, SCCC executive director. "Agriculture has been responsible for about 10 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, but through soil conservation practices and carbon offset strategies our producers can provide over 20 percent of what Canada needs as a solution."

In conjunction with the annual meeting the SCCC board of directors conducted a strategic planning session that will lead to a new course of direction for the organization.

The SCCC board of directors is comprised of representatives from the main producer conservation organizations across Canada plus three non-government organizations, three industry representatives, and provincial and federal government representatives. Former senator the Hon. Herb Sparrow is also an honorary life member.

For more information, contact:

Jerome Damboise
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
Grand Falls, NB
Phone: (506) 475-40302