N.S. adopts “Queens Soil” as symbol

One of Nova Scotia’s official symbols will now be its reddish-brown clay loam soil.

The province announced Wednesday that Queens Soil, developed from reddish brown clay loam till derived from red shales and mudstones, and significant to the province’s agriculture and forestry sectors, will be its official soil.

The decision followed lobbying and research by the Waycobah High School Envirothon Team, Premier Rodney MacDonald said in a release.

“They indicated that the province had not designated any soil as a provincial symbol, and suggested that it should be included as part of our official symbols,” he said. “The passage of the bill yesterday adds Queens Soil to that list.”

Waycobah is a Mi’kmaq community about half an hour north of Port Hawkesbury on Cape Breton Island. Its team had researched the subject for the Canon Envirothon, an event in which school teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. Soils and land use are one of the four testing categories.

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