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2012 Northeast Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

June 18-21, 2012
Wells Conference Center, The University of Maine – Orono

Maine NRCS and the Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists, along with the University of Maine will be hosting the 2012 Conference in Orono, Maine. A central theme of maximizing soil survey value will underlie interesting presentations ranging from the restructuring environment of the NRCS soil survey program to cutting edge incorporation of spatial and laboratory data. We will focus on soil survey products from the 3rd order surveys in the remote North Woods to the High Intensity Soil Surveys of our consulting cooperators.

Photo of Katahdin, Maine's highest mountain, Piscataquis County.    Photo of Traveler Mountain, among the most remote and last areas for soil survey in the Eastern United States.    Photo of Mount Kineo, adjacent Moosehead Lake, Maine.


  • Registration
    • Registration cost: $125 ($75 for students)
    • Technical Tour (includes lunch and dinner): $75
  • Agenda (includes links to reports and presentations)
  • Participants (PDF; 81 KB)



A representative profile of the Becket series, in north-central Maine.

The technical tour on Wednesday, June 20, will take us into the woods, along the beautiful rapids of the Penobscot River, to look at soils and landscapes in the shadow of Maine’s greatest mountain, Katahdin. Bring your favorite field clothes to cover the weather possibilities (from cold rain to sunny and 80s), and terrain. The field trip will have some short walks. Bug spray may be needed, but that is easily acquired locally. After the tour, a lobster dinner and banquet will be held at the Black Bear Inn.


Wells Conference Center
Conference Services Division
5713 Chadbourne Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5723
Voice: 207-581-4092
Fax: 207-581-4097


Black Bear Inn (
Two miles from Wells
Block of rooms at $77 until May 15 under “soils conference”

University Inn (
One mile from Wells and easy walking distance to downtown Orono
Block of rooms at $87 until May 20 under “soils conference”

Milford Motel (
About 5 miles from Wells in Old Town/Milford area
Rooms at $75, some with kitchens

Dorm rooms at $58 will be available that are walking distance to Wells.


Tony Jenkins
State Soil Scientist
967 Illinois Avenue, Suite #3
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 990-9557

Johanna Szillery
Maine Association of Professional Soil Scientists

View facing south: soil survey crew approaching the Knife Edge of Katahdin, Baxter State Park, Maine.