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2016 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop

July 25-28, 2016
Fairbanks, Alaska

“Importance of Soil & Ecological Inventory in a Changing Climate”

The Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Workshop starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 25th, and concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 28th (with an optional field trip from 12:30-4:00).

Photo of Mount Sanford in Alaska.VENUE


Online registration

  • Regular Registration (on or before June 30): $300
  • Late Registration (July 1 to July 22): $400
  • On Site/Walk-in Registration (July 25): $450
  • Student Registration (on or before June 30): $50
  • Student Late Registration (July 1 to July 22): $75
  • On Site/Walk-in Student Registration (July 25): $100



The field tour on Wednesday (July 27) will explore soil catenas in the boreal forest and tussock tundra environments near Fairbanks including examples of patterned ground features, cryostructures, and thermokarst. Groups will also tour the CRREL Permafrost Tunnel and visit the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Tours will require hiking over sloping, uneven, and potentially wet terrain requiring appropriate footwear. The tour will culminate at the Alaska Salmon Bake for a uniquely Alaskan meal within the historic Pioneer Park.


The Wedgewood Resort is an all suite hotel that offers one- and two-bedroom suites. The one-bedroom suite includes a full kitchen, dining area, living room, balcony, bedroom with 2 double beds, walk-in closet, full bathroom, and cable TV. The two-bedroom suites have the same layout with an extra bedroom with one double bed in the room. The Wedgewood Resort also has laundry facilities and free wireless internet.

  • Code is NWR716 and the Group Name is NCSS Western Region
  • Reservations: 1-800-528-4916
  • One-bedroom suite rate: $154 single/double occupancy plus $10 for each additional guest (max of 4 guests)
  • Two-bedroom suite rate: $195 single/double occupancy plus $10 for each additional guest (max of 6 guests)
  • A block of 60 rooms will be held until June 17
  • Rates are available for July 24-29 and are subject to an 8% bed tax
  • Rates are not available for reservations booked online
  • 24-hour shuttle to and from the airport; call the hotel upon arrival
  • Reservations must be canceled 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid any penalty


Hampton Inn & Suites
433 Harold Bentley Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Westmark Hotel and Conference Center
813 Noble St, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Best Western Plus Pioneer Park Inn
1908 Chena Landings Loop, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Pike’s Waterfront Lodge
1850 Hoselton Rd., Fairbanks, AK 99709

Sophie Station Suites
1717 University Ave S., Fairbanks, AK 99709

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
400 Merhar Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Spring Hill Suites
575 1st Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Bear Lodge at Wedgewood Resort
325 Wedgewood Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99701


Photo of a bear.Cory Cole
Alaska State Soil Scientist
Phone: 907-761-7759

Mingchu Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor of Soil Science/Agronomy
Department of Agriculture and Horticulture
School of Natural Resources and Extension
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Phone: 907-474-7004