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Highlights of NRCS International Programs

NRCS International Activities Summary

  • Jay Skovlin, MLRA Soil Survey Leader, Stephanie Shoemaker, Ecologist, Carmel Johnston, Soil Scientist, Patrick O’Connell, Soil Scientist, Elizabeth Rowley, Soil Scientist, and Joseph Capella, Student Trainee, all based in Missoula, Montana, will sample soils in the Glacier National Park.  For easier access to remote sites in the park, they will enter Canada near Waterton Lakes.  This is part of the agreement with the National Park Service to soil sample the park.  Dates of travel are August 10 – 21 with no over-night stays.
  • Curtis Monger, National Leader for Soil Survey Standards, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, will give a presentation at the Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soils.  Title of his presentation is “Developments in Soil Taxonomy.”  The conference will be held August 15 – 21, in Phetchaburi, Thailand.
  • Karin Sonnen, Rangeland Management Specialist, Homer, Alaska, has been invited to give a presentation on reindeer management, ecosite data, and artic land conservation in Roros, Norway.  Dates of travel are August 15 – 22.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, will attend the 12th East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies International Conference.  Thomas will present a paper on the international year of the soil, soil survey, and soil classification.  The conference will be held Sept. 16 – 22, in Nanjing, China.
  • Timothy Brasuell, Civil Engineer, Saipan, Marshall Islands, will participate in a study on how the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers apply regional planning techniques to disaster management on largely rural agricultural landscapes.  Timothy will travel to Vientiane, Laos from September 18 to October 4.
  • Maxine Levin, Soil Scientist, Soil Science and Resources Assessment Deputy Chief's office, Beltsville, Maryland, Luis Hernandez, Amherst, Massachusetts, and Kristine Ryan, Soil Scientist, Aurora, Illinois, will attend the 8th International Conference of the Working Groups in Urban, Industrial, Traffic, and Mining Areas.  They will give papers and posters.  The conference will be held Sept. 20 – 29 in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Thomas Reinsch, National Leader, World Soil Resources, Soil Science Division, Beltsville, Maryland, Cheryl Simmons, Natural Resources Specialist, Central National Technology Support Center, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Michael Kucera, Agronomist, National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln, Nebraska, have been requested by the Foreign Agricultural Service to provide technical assistance for activities under USDA’s “Improving Soil Fertility through Extension” project in Pakistan.  Tentative dates of travel are October 10 – 19.