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2010 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference

June 14-17, 2010

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio is proud to host the 2010 North Central Regional Soil Survey Conference. The NCSS Conference will run from 1 p.m., Monday, June 14 through noon, Thursday, June 17. The conference will be held at the University Plaza and Conference Center, close to the OSU campus. In addition to the conference facility, there are a variety of nearby alternative accommodations, dining, and activity options. Technical sessions and committee discussions will focus on challenging soil survey related issues including Ecological Site Inventory and Description, soil survey in urban and highly disturbed areas, and dynamic soil properties. A highlight of the conference will be a field tour on Wednesday, June 16. The tour will include a visit to the USDA/ARS North Appalachian Experimental Watershed, the site of more than 70 years of research in areas such as soil hydrology, land management, carbon sequestration, and earthworms. The field tour will also emphasize the soil and landscape diversity of central and eastern Ohio, traversing a variety of glacial and bedrock influenced landscapes.

Ohio landscape photo.


The Conference Steering Committee is seeking volunteered oral presentations and posters. Oral presentation sessions will be available on the afternoon of Monday, June 14 and Tuesday, June 15. Information on volunteered topics and proposed presentation details should be emailed to Brian Slater ( Oral presentations should be 15 minutes each. Posters can be displayed the first day of the meeting and remain on view for the duration. Presenters will be invited to discuss their posters during break periods.

  • Agenda (includes links to reports and presentations)


The Conference committees are the three standing committees: Standards and Taxonomy, Research Needs, and New Technology, along with a committee on Soil Interpretations. The Steering Committee thanks the following people for agreeing to serve as conference committee chairs:

Standards and Taxonomy: Dan Shurtliff, NRCS, Nebraska (phone 402-437-4117)
New Technology: Chad Remley, NRCS, Kansas (phone 785-823-4564)
Research Needs: Phillip Owens, Purdue University, Indiana (phone 765-494-0247)
Soil Interpretations: Randy Miles, University of Missouri, Missouri (phone 573-882-6607)

The Steering Committee seeks suggestions and volunteers to serve as Vice-Chairs and members, and comments on charges and assignments for Standing Committees.


(Includes conference dinner, refreshments, field trip, documents)

Preregistration (until 6/4/2010): $135.00
On-site registration: $175.00
Students: $75.00

Registration website:


University Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
3110 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202

A group of rooms has been reserved for the conference at a special rate of $99.00 which includes complimentary breakfast. Rooms will be released on June 13.

Alternative accommodations are available in the OSU campus area. Search (choose “OSU” in the location drop-down box) to find a variety of accommodations within a short distance of the conference venue.

Please save the dates. Volunteer for presentations, posters, or committees by contacting the Steering Committee.


For transportation to/from the airport, you might try the following:

Blue Cab (ask about flat rate)
Toll Free: (877) 866-9666
Tel: (614) 236-4444

Orange Cab
Tel: (614) 414-0000


Brian Slater
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Phone: 614-292-5891

Mike Wigginton
State Soil Scientist