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Communications and Outreach Team


Leadership created the Communications and Outreach Focus Team to review the current status of our efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of understanding soils and in the appropriate use of our soils databases and information resources.

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  • Identify internal and external audiences
  • Identify specific needs for audiences
  • Identify venues SSD should attend
  • Utilize NCSS webpages as an “Online Clearinghouse” for information
  • Improve NCSS web content
  • Develop newsletters or similar media outreach beyond weekly update
  • Work with other teams to establish coherent, consistent, and current webpages
  • Develop displays, handouts, fact sheets, etc. for multiple types of venues
  • Develop an outreach cadre
  • Serve as points of contact for issues on NCSS communications
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Recommendations — December 2016 (PDF; 393 KB)

Developing Fact Sheets and Review Checklist — Soil Science Division (PDF; 911 KB)

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Paul Reich, Geographer, Beltsville, Maryland
Jennifer Mason, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Clinton, Tennessee

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  • Tammy Cheever, Information Technology Specialist, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Cara Farr, Regional Soil Scientist, USFS, Portland, Oregon
  • Rebecca Fox, Soil Scientist, Paul Smiths, New York
  • Linda Greene, Public Affairs Specialist, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Mabel Kenyon, Management Analyst, Washington DC
  • Jason Nemecek, State Soil Scientist, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Shawn Nield, State Soil Scientist, Boise, Idaho
  • Carla Rebernak, Soil Scientist, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Cathy Scott, Soil Scientist, Sonora, California
  • Pam Thomas, Associate Director, Soil Survey Program, Washington, DC
  • Jim Thompson, Professor, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Tammy Umholtz, Visual Information Specialist, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Kristina Wiley, Editor, Amherst, Massachusetts

Map of exhibit opportunities for 2018.

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