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2012 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference - Agenda

Including Western Society of Soil Science and Professional Soil Scientists of California

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012
General Session – Convene in Conference Center Main Meeting Room; posters and displays in Conference Center Foyer
Moderators – Toby O’Geen (UCD), Dave Smith (NRCS)

Time Activity Presenter(s)
8:00AM - 5:00PM Registration in Conference Center Foyer  
8:00AM - 8:30AM Welcome, Meeting Overview, Logistics, and Introduction of Conference Members Toby O’Geen, UC Davis and Dave Smith, NRCS, California
8:30AM - 8:40AM Welcome to California David Kelley, President, PSSAC
8:40AM - 9:30AM Continuing the Mission: Structuring for the Next Generation of Soil Surveys (PDF; 3.72 MB) Paul Benedict, Program Manager, Soil Science Division, NRCS, Washington, DC
9:30AM - 9:50AM Invigorating Soil Science From the Ground Up (PDF; 2.55 MB) Robert Graham, UC Riverside
9:50AM - 10:20AM Break – refreshments provided (posters available for viewing in Foyer)
10:20AM - 10:40AM Federal Lands Advisory Group Report (PDF; 3.15 MB) Paul Benedict, NRCS, FLAG Chair
10:40AM - 11:00AM Soil Data Join Recorrelation Initiative (PDF; 1.47 MB) Cameron Loerch, National Leader, Soil Survey Standards, NRCS, Lincoln, Nebraska
11:00AM - 11:20AM Online Soil Survey Information Products, Future Vision, Needs (PDF; 3.71 MB)  Toby O’Geen, UC Davis
11:20AM - 11:40AM ESDs/ESI in the USDA Forest Service (PDF; 9.39 MB) Steve Strenger, USFS
11:40AM - 1:10PM Lunch (on your own); PSSAC will meet in Conference Room B for their business meeting
1:10PM - 1:25PM California BLM Soil Survey Update (PDF; 1.59 MB) Karl Stein, BLM, California
1:25PM - 1:40PM Forest Service Report (PDF; 3.8 MB) Jeff Bruggink, USFS
1:40PM - 1:55PM National Park Service Update (PDF; 8.01 MB) Susan Southard, NRCS (NPS Liaison)
1:55PM - 2:10PM A Brief Status Of Soil Surveys and Use of Soils Information
in the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(PDF; 13.85 MB)
Tim Overdier, BIA, New Mexico
2:10PM - 2:25PM Break – refreshments provided (posters available for viewing in Foyer)
2:25PM - 4:00PM Town Hall Meeting (PDF; 61 KB) Dave Smith, NRCS, and Toby O’Geen, UC Davis, Facilitators; and Cam Loerch and Maxine Levin, NRCS, Recorders
4:00PM - 6:30PM Poster session, catered by Buckhorn, cash bar Conference Plaza


Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Location – Main Conference Room
Moderators – David Kelley, PSSAC and Susan Southard, NPS

Time Activity Presenter(s)
8:00AM - 8:20AM Soil Quality and Soil Health: What is the Role of Soil Survey? (PDF; 3.53 MB) Susan Andrews, National Leader, Soil Quality and Ecosystems, NRCS, Lincoln, Nebraska
8:20AM - 8:40AM Nitrogen Management under CV-Salts and the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program: A Water Quality Coalition Perspective (PDF; 2.34 MB) John Dickey, Consultant, Davis, California
8:40AM - 9:00AM Depositional Systems, Soils, and Subsurface Water Storage (PDF; 3.66 MB) Graham Fogg, Dept. Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis
9:00AM - 9:20AM Permafrost and Gelisol Distribution – Challenges in a Changing Climate (PDF; 7.53 MB) Mark Clark, NRCS, Alaska
9:20AM - 9:40AM Invasive Species/Ecological Sites Descriptions and the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (PDF; 4.5 MB) Mark Weltz, ARS, Reno, Nevada
9:40AM - 10:10AM Break – refreshments provided (posters available for viewing in Foyer)
10:10AM - 10:30AM Managing for Multiple Outcomes on Rangelands – Utilizing STMs to Define Tradeoffs and Synergies (PDF; 9.13 MB) Leslie Roche, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
  Soil Survey in Decision-Making  
10:30AM - 10:50AM Important Farmland Mapping in California (PDF; 4.04 MB) Molly Penberth, CA-DOC
10:50AM - 11:10AM Renewable Energy Development (PDF; 1.41 MB) Karl Stein, BLM
11:10AM - 11:30AM The California Agricultural Vulnerability Index: A Tool for Climate Change Adaptation and Land Use Planning (PDF; 2.16 MB) Ryan Haden, Land, Air, and Water Resources, UC Davis
11:30AM - 1:00PM Lunch (on your own); PSSAC meets in Conference Room B for their annual meeting
1:00PM - 1:20PM Soil Survey Needs for Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation (PDF; 4.66 MB) Jim Weigand, BLM, California
1:20PM - 1:40PM OHV Use and Management on Public Lands (PDF; 1.05 MB) Roger Poff, Consultant, Nevada City, California
1:40PM - 2:00PM Development of a Dust Hazard Interpretation from SSURGO Data (PDF; 3.99 MB) Steve Campbell, West Regional Technical Service Center, NRCS, Portland, OR
2:00PM - 2:20PM Soil Mapping Technology, Data Interpretation and Winegrape Management Strategies (PDF; 17.05 MB) Bryan Rahn, Consultant, Angwin, California
2:20PM - 2:40PM Repackaging Soil Survey for Nutrient Management Decisions in Winegrape Production (PDF; 2.05 MB) Toby O’Geen, UC Davis
2:40PM - 3:00PM Break – refreshments provided (posters available for viewing in Foyer)
3:00PM - 5:00PM Committee Breakouts (rotate at 60 min)
  • Soil Survey Standards (Conference Room A)
  • Applied Technology (Ballroom B)
  • Research (Ballroom A)
  • ESI Standards (Conference Room B)
  • By-Laws (no need to meet; have discussion during report to full Conference, if needed)
Each conference attendee will pick two committees to attend and rotate at one-hour mark
5:00PM - 6:00PM Poster Session open (authors present); refreshments and no host bar  


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Time Activity
8:00AM - 8:00PM Field Trip and Banquet
Soils of the Central Valley and Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada – Sustainable Farming Practice, Geomorphology and Terroir

Buses will leave the Conference Center parking lot promptly at 8 a.m., returning at approximately 8 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided.


Thursday, June 28, 2012
Location – Main Conference Room
Moderators – Jeff Ten Pas, USFS and Karl Stein, BLM

Time Activity Presenter(s)
8:00AM - 8:20AM Quantitative Color and Soil C – A Simple Low-Cost Approach to Estimate C in Forest Soils (PDF; 2.63 MB) Garrett Liles, UC Davis
8:20AM - 8:40AM Geologic Nitrogen: Sources and Consequences for Forest Ecosystem Services (PDF; 6.31 MB) Scott Morford, UC Davis
8:40AM - 9:00AM Pedoclimates: Simulating Fluid Flow (PDF; 6.64 MB) Doug Merkler, NRCS, Nevada
9:00AM - 9:20AM Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (PDF; 3.7 MB) Steve Monteith, NRCS, Lincoln, NE
9:20AM - 9:40AM Andic Soil Properties: Regional Concerns (PDF; 9.84 MB) Paul McDaniel, Univ. of Idaho
9:40AM - 10:00AM Break – refreshments provided
10:00AM - 10:20AM Map Unit Description Report (238 KB) Lucas Wiseley, NRCS, Nevada
10:20AM - 10:40AM ESD Process and Automated ESD for Initial Soil Survey in Alaska (PDF; 1.1 MB) Mark Clark, NRCS, Alaska
10:40AM - 11:00AM AQP: A New Framework for Quantitative Analysis of Pedon Data (PDF; 4.84 MB) D.E. Beaudette, A.T. O’Geen, J. Skovlin, P. Roudier
11:00AM - 11:20AM Gridded SSURGO (PDF; 955 KB) Cathy McGuire, NRCS, Arizona
11:20AM - 11:40AM Terrestrial Ecological Unit Inventory (TEUI) (PDF; 3.63 MB) George Robertson, USFS
11:40AM - 12:00PM Ecological Sites: A New Endeavor for Soil Survey (PDF; 3.15 MB) Susan Andrews, National Leader, Soil Quality and Ecosystems, NRCS, Lincoln, NE
12:00PM - 1:15PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15PM - 1:45PM Soil Business Area Analysis Group (SBAAG) Report (PDF; 4.09 MB) Cathy McGuire, NRCS, Arizona
1:45PM - 1:55PM Standards Committee Report (PDF; 123 KB) Committee Chair(s)
1:55PM - 2:05PM Applied Technology Committee Report (PDF; 1.0 MB) Committee Chair(s)
2:05PM - 2:15PM Research Needs Committee Report (PDF; 38 KB) Committee Chair(s)
2:15PM - 2:25PM ESI Standards Committee Report Committee Chair(s)
2:25PM - 2:35PM By-Laws Committee Report (PDF; 96 KB) Committee Chair(s)
2:35PM - 2:45PM Town Hall Summary David Smith, NRCS, California
2:45PM - 2:55PM Discussion and Closing Remarks Toby O’Geen, UC Davis
2:55PM - 3:55PM Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference Business Meeting Attended by Conference Steering Committee and NCSS Cooperators from Oregon (hosting the 2014 Conference)