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Connecticut Volunteer's Recognized

NRCS staff recently had a chance to officially recognize the group who won the National Earth Team Group Volunteer Award at the Operations Team Meeting. 12-TOL Pedon Team members on hand to receive their awards included Michelle Ducharme, Devin Spector, and Aaron Parsons. State Conservationist Lisa Coverdale was also on hand to receive the national award for Connecticut.

The Pedon Team is made up of students from the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, and Eastern Connecticut State University. Their mission is to enter pedons from historical soil survey manuscripts that were not yet entered in the National Soils Information System (NASIS).

There are over 400 soil series within the 12-TOl Soil Survey Region, with an estimated 400 to 28,000 pedons to be entered.  To date, the team has entered over 300 pedons!

Also recognized was Jessica Rebholz, who received a special award for contributing over 200 hours of time to the soils staff (although not as part of the Pedon Team).