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                                                                                                    February 28, 2011

Subject: SOI – Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists Meeting (MAPSS)

Purpose. To authorize attendance at the upcoming MAPSS Annual Meeting.

Expiration Date. March 17, 2011

NRCS employees are authorized to attend the upcoming MAPSS Annual Meeting on March 16, 2011 with their supervisor’s approval. The meeting will be held at the Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono. Employees are approved to attend this meeting on government time and at their own expense. The registration fee of $30 for members and $40 for non members includes lunch and is required to attend the meeting with a deadline in early March.

There will be a morning business meeting with presentations by University of Maine faculty, University of Maine Soil Judging Team and NRCS. A luncheon buffet will follow. The afternoon session will include: presentations and discussions on seasonal water tables, trace elements, digital soil survey products and the environmental regulatory scenario in Maine. A detailed agenda and registration information for the meeting can be found at

Contact. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Jenkins, State Soil Scientist at 207-990-9557 or email

/s/ Juan C. Hernandez

State Conservationist