The BC Provincial Soil Initiative

Farwell-Canyon-Chernozem-2What do the Holmesville, the Charlottetown and the Newdale soil series have in common ? They are all official provincial symbols of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba, respectively. These are some of the province’s official emblems, just like the western redcedar is BC’s provincial tree.

In order to celebrate the international year of soils, the PRSSS is launching a campaign to elect a soil type to be part of British Columbia’s provincial emblems family. So far in Canada only three provinces have a provincial soil. Let’s be the fourth!

The PRSSS provincial soil sub-committee has already met once and has designed the electoral process for this ambitious and exciting project. However, there are still places available for new members, so, if you’re up to the task, email Jacynthe at

Consult the International Year of Soils page frequently to stay updated on this project!