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NCSS Members discussing soil geomorphology

NCSS Committees

NCSS Committees work within the NCSS Conferences. All conference and committee activities are guided by the conference bylaws. 

Charles E Kellogg

"Essentially, all life depends upon soil. There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together." 

Charles E Kellogg

National Conference Steering Committee


Organize and oversee the National Conference 

Communication between the NCSS regional and national conferences is essential. Steering committees and liaisons should coordinate with committee chairs to ensure objective are met.




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National and Regional Standing and Ad Hoc Committees 


  • Report actions on prior conference recommendations and solicit new recommendations
  • Report to the conference business meeting the progress mare on all recommendations 
  • Each committees establishes an action item register


Standing Committees 

  • Standards 
  • Bylaws 
  • Taxonomy
  • Research Priorities 
  • Technology
  • Soils and Ecosystems Dynamics
  • Interpretations 


Ad Hoc Committees

  • Ad hoc committees are proposed by NCSS members to the conference steering committee to address emerging issues. 
  • Charges will be defined, a chair and vice chair will be recommended
  • Steering committee will review for approval 

Coordination of Activities 

All items concerning the coordination of activities are found in the National and Regional Conference bylaws

  • The Soil and Plant Science Division Director assigns a liaison to each regional conference.
  • The liaison ensures communication between the regional and national conference.
  • Each committee will have a chair and vice chair. 
  • Committee chairs communicate with the assigned liaison.
  • Regional Standing and ad hoc committee chairs will provide a report to member of the national conference steering committee.
NCSS Members reviewing digital soil mapping techniques.
NCSS Members discussing hydric soil properties.
NCSS members completing a digital soil mapping week in Florida.

                 To join a committee please contact a representative or liaison below.  

NCSS Contacts and Liaisons

NCSS National Headquarters Contacts
Name Position Phone Number Email
Dr. David Lindbo
Director - USDA-NRCS - Soil and Plant Science Division
NCSS Regional Contacts and Liaisons
Name Position Phone Number Email
Luis Hernandez
Northeast Region
Skye Wills
North Central Region
Jo Parsley
Deb Harms