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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 SPSD 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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2022 Planned Activities (PDF; 6.21 MB)

FY21 Annual Report (PDF; 2.76 MB)

2020 Activities (PDF; 5.48 MB)

2019 and Beyond (PDF; 1.71 MB)

2018 NCSS Poster (PDF; 2.26 MB)

2017 NCSS Poster (PDF; 1.57 MB)

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

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  • Tammy Cheever, Information Technology Specialist, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Robert A. “Andy” Colter, National Soils Program Leader, USFS, Campton, New Hampshire
  • Rebecca Fox, Assistant State Soil Scientist, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jason Kenworthy, Geologist, NPS, Denver, Colorado
  • Jennifer Mason, MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader, Clinton, Tennessee
  • Jason Nemecek, National Soil Data Applications Scientist, TSS,
    Ft. Collins, Colorado
  • Shawn Nield, State Soil Scientist, Boise, Idaho
  • Jo Parsley, Regional Director, South Central Region, Temple, Texas
  • 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