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2014 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

June 23-26, 2014
Jackson, Tennessee

“Soil Science – Partnerships for Ecological Deliverables and Sustainability (PEDS)”

PROGRAM TOPICS

  • Soil Data Join Recorrelation – Rationale and Methods
  • Ecological Inventory and Sustainable Ecosystems and Services
  • Soil Health and Climate Change Adaptation for Managing the Biosphere
  • Modernizing Soil Interpretations for Changing Needs
  • New GIS Tools and Applications for Improving Soil Interpretations
  • Future Mission of Soil Survey
Reelfoot Lake in Lake County, Tennessee. It is the largest natural lake in Tennessee.

MEETING FACILITIES and AGENDA

The registration desk at the UT West Tennessee Research & Education Center at Jackson will open at 8 AM on Monday, June 23rd and the Conference will begin at 1 PM. Sessions on Monday will include overviews and introductions to the main themes along with initial discussions of regional issues and priorities for users of soil survey information.

A social mixer and poster display will be hosted on Monday evening at the Double Tree Inn in Jackson, TN. To encourage student contributions and participation in the conference and poster session, scholarships will be provided (contact any of the hosts for further information).

The agenda on Tuesday, June 24th will include meetings of committees for Soil Interpretations, Soil Taxonomy & Standards, New Technology, Subaqueous Soils, Research Priorities, and Ecological Site Inventory.  A short tour of soil issues and research at the UT West Tennessee Research & Education Center is planned for Tuesday evening.


FIELD TRIP

Illustration of a cross section of a modern sand dike superimposed on a photograph of actual sand blows (Simms, J.D., and Garvin, C.D., 1995).

Wednesday, June 25th, will involve a field technical tour that will highlight ecological site studies on the tributaries of the Mississippi River in the Silty Uplands MLRA (134), no till, soil health and mixed cover crops studies on the UT Milan Research and Education Center (where we will have a picnic lunch), and a tour of soil artifacts of the New Madrid Earthquake. The day will culminate in a late afternoon boat tour and dinner on Reelfoot Lake, the largest natural lake in Tennessee.


REGISTRATION

Advance registration cost is $50. Regular registration ends May 30th, 2013. Late registration will be $100. There is no cost for students registering prior to May 30th; after that, cost is $50. Registration includes access to all presentations, Monday evening social, Wednesday field trip including lunch, lake tour, and dinner, and luncheon on Thursday.  Registration for an additional guest to join the field trip is $40.


RESERVED ACCOMMODATIONS

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
1770 Hwy 45 Bypass
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: 731-664-6900
Fax: 731-668-0474

Only fifty rooms at Double Tree Hotel have been reserved in a block. The group name under which the rooms are block-reserved is “UT MARTIN” (Date: June 23).  Rooms are $83 per night plus appropriate taxes. Rooms are single (king-sized bed) and double (two double beds). Rooms are available during the period of June 23rd to June 26th. Check in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is noon.

Reservations for Double Tree Hotel rooms in the UT MARTIN block must be made before midnight, May 24th, or as the rooms last.  Each individual must secure reservations on-line or by contacting the hotel at 731-664-6900. After midnight, May 24th, reservations requested by attendees will be accepted based on room availability and the best available rate at the time. The hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy.


OTHER NEARBY ACCOMMODATIONS

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites
(731) 664-4312

All Suites Hotel
(731) 668-6000

Quality Inn
(731) 668-1400

Days Inn
(731) 668-3444

Comfort Suites
(731) 868-1700

Old Hickory Inn
(731) 668-4222

Best Western
(731) 664-3030

Casey Jones Motel
(731) 668-3636

Days Inn
(731) 668-4840

CONTACTS

Doug Slabaugh – doug.slabaugh@tn.usda.gov
State Soil Scientist
USDA-NRCS
801 Broadway; Room 675
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-277-2550 (office) or 615-390-1507 (cell)

Dr. Paula M. Gale – pgale@utm.edu
Professor, Soil Science
University of Tennessee at Martin
218 Brehm Hall
Martin, TN 38238
Phone: 731-881-7326