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2016 Southern Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

June 20-23, 2016
Rincón, Puerto Rico

“A Healthy Soil The Key For A Healthy Environment”

Collage of landscapes from Puerto Rico.



The registration desk at Rincón of the Seas Hotel will be open on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and at 8:00 am to 10:00 am on Monday, June 20, 2016. The Conference will begin at 10:00 am. An overview and introductions to the main themes of the conference, discussions of regional issues and priorities will be addressed during the afternoon. The participants will enjoy the soil diversity of Puerto Rico, a small tropical island, with ten of the twelve soil orders established by Soil Taxonomy. Climate diversity also provides for the occurrence of Perudic to Aridic soil moisture regimes and an exquisite diversity in vegetation and ecological sites. The meeting facilities Rincon of the Seas Hotel are located at the Municipality of Rincón. This location is an approximate 2 1/2 hour drive from San Juan and about 30 minute drive from the Univerisity of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus where the College of Agricultural Sciences is located. Rincón is a small coastal town known as the city of beautiful sunsets.


Photos for Field Trip. The Field Trip will be held on Wednesday, June 22. The busses will depart Rincón of the Seas Hotel at 7:30 am for the Maricao State Forest to visit the Puertorrican Parrot Initiative and provisional Ecological Sites. The next stop will be the Guanica Dry Forest and the NEON Project. Lunch will be at the University of Puerto Rico, Agricultural Experiment Station in Lajas. Here we will visit soil pits displaying a Vertisol and an Ultisol - representative series of the Lajas Valley, the first Agricultural Land Reserve established in Puerto Rico. The field trip will end with a visit to the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, the Costal Restoration Initiative and the Historic Cabo Rojo Light House.



  • Regular Registration Deadline: May 30th, 2016
  • Regular Registration Fee: $150
  • Late Registration (after May 30th): $175
  • Regular Student Registration Fee: $25
  • Late Student Registration (after May 30th): $35
  • Add one guest for June 22 field trip: $25


Conference participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations; including computer demonstrations, no later than June 10, 2016. Please be sure to follow them carefully to ensure your submission is received and recorded. Abstracts MUST be submitted ONLINE via this web site.


Participants should make reservations by May 30th at:
Rincón of the Seas
Road 115, Km 12.2
Rincón, PR 00677
Phone: 787-823-7500
Fax: 787-823-7501

A block of forty rooms has been reserved at Rincon of the Seas for conference participants. The group name under which the rooms are reserved is “Southern Region Cooperative Soil”. Room cost is $109 per night plus a 9% tax. Rooms are single (king-sized bed) and double (two double beds). The special conference rooms rates are available from the period of June 19th to June 24th. Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Reservations for Rincon of the Seas rooms in block must be made before midnight, May 24th, or as the rooms last. Each individual must secure reservations by contacting the hotel at 787-823-7500. After midnight, May 24th, reservations requested by attendees will be accepted based on room availability and the best available rate at the time. The hotel has a 24-hour cancelation policy.


Parador Villa Antonio
Phone: 787-823-2645 or 787-823-2285

Villa Cofresi Hotel
Phone: 787-823-2450

Rincon Beach Resort
Phone: 787-589-9000


Parrilleria Vacas Gaucha
A 0.4 km de Rincón of the Seas

Francisco's Caribbean Local Cuisine
Caribeña, americana, puertorriqueña
A 3.5 km de Rincón of the Seas

Sophia's Caribbean Sushi Bar
Japonesa, sushi, asiática, caribeña
A 0.4 km de Rincón of the Seas

Janeiro Restaurant
Brasileña, sudamericana, caribeña, latina, puertorriqueña
A 4.1 km de Rincón of the Seas

Lucky 13 BBQ
Americana, barbacoa, fusión
A 0.8 km de Rincón of the Seas

Di Leña
Pizza, italiana
A 4.2 km de Rincón of the Seas


For questions or more details, please contact one of the following people:

Manuel Matos 
787-831-3421 or 787-940-1802

Miguel A. Muñoz
787-265-3899 or 939-262-2528