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Soil Conservation Council of Canada launches revamped Web site

Indian Head, Sask., February 11, 2008:

Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC), the organization that has for many years been the face and voice for soil conservation in Canada, has revamped its Web site,

"The soil conservation message has likely never been more important," says Doug McKell, executive director of SCCC. "Farmers and all of society are more interested than ever in environmental issues, and soil is a key component of that."

The new SCCC Web site is designed to help ensure that advances in soil conservation across Canada continue to reach farmers and the general public. SCCC provides news and information on soil conservation and degradation issues, and as in the past, will champion major conservation developments.

With a focus on progress made, the Web site shares what has been done, and what can be done to maintain momentum. For example, the site features a rotating selection of "soils champions" from across the country. This includes pioneers such as PEI producer Peter Townshend, who successfully tackled water erosion on his potato farm, and the late Dr. Donald Rennie, who helped lead the Prairie revolution against summerfallow.

"We are fortunate to receive input from a grassroots network, including our Taking Charge Teams, a unique national group that brings information from across the country to policy makers in government," says McKell. "Besides being a national program delivery team, they continually gather information on research, innovation, and on-farm improvements and that information is presented on the site."

The fully searchable site also details past and present programs that SCCC has led or participated in. SCCC has managed initiatives such as the Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Program. "That effort has been one of the key draws to our site," says McKell. "Information from that program, as well as from others, remains on the site."

Visitors to the site can find out how to become a member of SCCC on an individual or corporate level. That support is critical to the national conservation effort, says McKell.

Formed in 1987 as a national, non-governmental, independent organization, SCCC provides a non-partisan public forum at the national level for soil conservation. Using a grassroots approach combined with the scientific, technical and practical experience of its members, SCCC works with government, private industry, individuals and non-government organizations to address soil degradation and facilitate exchange of information across Canada.

"Because soil changes slowly, the issues around soil conservation affect producers today and well into the next generation," says McKell. "Now is an ideal time to make sure that any available information is accessible at the click of a mouse."

For more information, contact:

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

Jean-Louis Daigle, Executive Director/Directeur général
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre/
Centre de conservation des sols et de l'eau de l'Est du Canada
Saint-André (Grand Falls), NB
Ph: (506) 475-4040