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E-Newsletter highlights achievements during national Soil Conservation Week

Indian Head, Sask, April 18, 2005:

As part of the recognition of national Soil Conservation Week, the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) has just posted a Web-based version of its newest E-newsletter.

National Soil Conservation Week is traditionally observed the third week of April, this year running April 17 to 23.

The spring 2005 edition of The Protector is now available in both official languages by logging onto: The E-newsletter will also be distributed by Taking Charge Team leaders, field coordinators and participating member organizations.

"The E-newsletter is timed to further recognize the ongoing soil conservation efforts across Canada," says Eugene Legge, SCCC president. "And with the assistance of the federal Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program for Canadian Agriculture (GHGMP), we have been able to demonstrate a wide range of production practices that benefit the environment. A basic premise is that the good management practices that maintain and enhance the soil resource, also help in reducing greenhouse gases."

The GHGMP, a federal program launched in 2003, is aimed at demonstrating a variety of crop production and land management practices that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The soils and nutrient program of the GHGMP is administered by the SCCC.

To deliver the GHGMP message, Taking Charge teams were established in each province to co-ordinate and direct demonstration and awareness projects. The teams are made up of soil conservation specialists, researchers and leading producers.

The spring 2005 Protector newsletter provides an overview of the soil conservation and greenhouse gas mitigation projects staged across the country in the past year. For details on activities in each province, regional contact information is available in the newsletter.

For more information, contact:

Doug McKell, Executive Director
Soil Conservation Council of Canada
Indian Head, Sask.
Phone: (306) 695-4212

Jean-Louis Daigle, Executive Director
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre
Grand Falls, NB
Phone: (506) 475-4040