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June 28, 2006 - Nature Conservancy of Canada Receives Generous In-Kind Donation from SaskEnergy 

June 27, 2006

Nature Conservancy of Canada Receives Generous
In-Kind Donation from SaskEnergy

Donated Office Space Supports Protection of Habitat for Saskatchewan's Endangered Species

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) today announced a generous in-kind donation from SaskEnergy in the form of office space at SaskEnergy Place in downtown Regina. The organization moved into the donated space in January 2006, which houses nine NCC staff in Regina.

"We're very grateful to SaskEnergy for the way in which they have stepped up to help our cause," said Lyle Saigeon, NCC's Regional Vice President for Saskatchewan. "This donation of office space will allow us to focus more of our energy and resources on protecting ecologically significant land and habitat for endangered species across the province. We congratulate SaskEnergy on their commitment to protecting Saskatchewan's natural heritage, and look forward to building an even stronger relationship with them in the future."

NCC has permanently protected more than 90,000 acres of ecologically significant land across Saskatchewan since it completed its first project in the province in 1997. Now, through these accommodation savings, the Nature Conservancy has been able to purchase a conservation easement on a portion of land that will protect almost 1,100 acres of native prairie south of Regina, in an area that provides critical habitat for the endangered Burrowing Owl.

"SaskEnergy is continually looking for new and innovative ways to work together with community and conservation groups to help protect and preserve our native prairie plants and animals for future generations," said Regina Rosemont MLA Joanne Crofford, on behalf of Andrew Thomson, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. "SaskEnergy's on-going commitment to work with these groups to protect endangered species like the Burrowing Owl is a key aspect of the corporation's mandate toward environmental responsibility."

SaskEnergy has a long-standing commitment to the protection and preservation of the Burrowing Owl. Since 1994, SaskEnergy has been working with Nature Saskatchewan, and more recently, the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre in Moose Jaw to help raise awareness and protect this endangered species. This new support of the Nature Conservancy of Canada reinforces SaskEnergy's commitment to assist in the preservation of habitat for endangered species.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is a national non-profit conservation organization that works with landowners to protect Canada's natural habitats. Its plan of action is to build partnerships and develop creative conservation solutions with individuals, corporations, community groups, conservation groups and government bodies. Since 1962, NCC and its supporters have helped to protect more than 1.9 million acres (765,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land across Canada.

In previous years, SaskEnergy has used surplus office space in its head office to support community events such as the 2003 Grey Cup and the 2005 Jeux du Canada Games.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk                                         Lyle Saigeon
Manager,Communications                          Regional Vice President-
SaskEnergy                                              Saskatchewan Region
Phone: 306.777.9842                                 Nature Conservancy of Canada
Cell: 306.535.6569                                     Phone: 1-866-622-7275 ext. 224
Email: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com           Email: Lyle.Saigeon @natureconservancy.ca