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Soil Scientists Assist with Up By Roots Workshop

Soil Scientists Assist with Up By Roots Workshop

By Kenny Hall, NRCS Soil Scientist, Rosenberg
 

Stacey Kloesel and Kenny Hall, NRCS Soil Scientists in Rosenberg, Texas assisted Dennis Brezina, NRCS Resource Soil Scientist in Bryan, Texas with a soils training and demonstration session for the International Society of Arboriculture Workshop entitled �Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment.�

The workshop, held in Houston on February 4, 2010, was organized by James Urban, a landscape architect, as an outreach program to educate individuals on the importance of soils in urban environments. In the morning, there were several classroom sessions relating to soils including physical properties, chemical properties, biological properties, and an overview of the relationships between trees, soil, and water.

In the afternoon, the soil scientists provided various field stations where participants could see demonstrations and get hands on experience in soil texturing by feel, as well as observe a soil profile, learn how to use a soil auger, and read the landscape to make soil determinations.

There were approximately 80 participants from all over Texas, and a few from Louisiana. Participants were eager to learn how these practices could be helpful in their respective careers. Everyone left the workshop with a better understanding of soils, and practical applications to suit their needs.

Stacey Kloesel addresses questions pertaining to soil types.

Jim Urban directs group on soil sampling methods.
Stacey Kloesel addresses questions pertaining to soil types. Jim Urban directs group on soil sampling methods.
Kenny Hall explains texture differences by feel.  
Kenny Hall explains texture differences by feel.