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2008 Northeast Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

Narragansett, Rhode Island

June 2-5, 2008

More than 65 soil scientists from NRCS, universities, USGS, CSREES, the private sector, and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Agency of Canada attended the Northeast Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference held at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus in Narragansett, Rhode Island June 2nd to June 5th. The conference was sponsored by the NCSS partnership of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Participants were mostly from the Northeastern United States, from Maine to West Virginia to Washington DC, but there were others who came from as far away as California, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Texas to attend. This regional conference provided a forum for partners of the National Cooperative Soil Survey to transfer technology, highlight research projects, and discuss common soil issues and concerns.

The conference featured speakers, breakout sessions, a new technology demonstration, and a field trip. National Soil Survey Reports were presented by the NRCS soils leadership. Many of the regional university cooperators presented a report on their research component of the joint Northeastern Hydropedology project. These research projects focused on soil carbon, subaqueous soils, and hydric soils. There were additional reports presented focusing on other local soil science research, the USDA National Research Initiative, and the upcoming 2009 International Urban Soil Conference which will be held in New York City.

The conference standing committees had time for members to discuss concerns and present reports and recommendations to the entire group. Committees included subaqueous soils, hydric soils, research needs, standards and procedures, new technology, and by-laws. The conference concluded with committee reports and updates from the three MO offices which cover the Northeastern Regional Soil Survey area. Pennsylvania will be hosting the next regional conference in 2010.