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2006 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference

Medora, ND

June 25-30, 2006

View of the Little Missouri River near Medora, North Dakota.

The 2006 North Central Regional Soil Survey (NCRSS) Conference was held in Medora, North Dakota, June 25-30, 2006, at the Medora Community Center. The theme for this meeting was “Respect for the Past, Racing Towards the Future – Soil Survey in the North Central Region.”

This conference brought together representatives of the National Cooperative Soil Survey from the North Central States to discuss current issues and share the latest applications of soil survey information. As a result, this initiated future expansion of cooperation among the representatives in the North Central Region.

The first full day of the conference concluded with an informal poster/social session that included over 30 posters for observation and discussion. Posters were displayed throughout the entire conference.

A Tuesday night banquet was held to honor Don Patterson and Kenny Thompson for their contributions to the soil survey program in North Dakota. The evening ended with a performance by a special musical guest, Chuck Suchy.

A mid-week field trip included a tour through the south unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, lunch at the beautiful Paasch Ranch overlooking the Little Missouri River floodplain, a soil stop to discuss sodium-affected soils along with no-till farming and grazing systems, and a final geology stop to observe an outcrop of the Golden Valley Formation which is comprised of interesting and unique properties.