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2014 Northeast Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

June 23-26, 2014
Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University – Plymouth, New Hampshire

New Hampshire and Vermont NRCS, U.S. Forest Service, and the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England (SSSNNE), along with Plymouth State University will be hosting the 2014 Conference in Plymouth, New Hampshire. The central theme is “Forest Soils and Ecology”. Highlights include hydropedology research at the Forest Service’s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, the White Mountain National Forest Soil Survey, and ecological site mapping of the northern forest.

Ongoing soil survey and resource inventory projects and ecosystem research in New Hampshire’s White Mountains as well as scenic beauty provide great opportunity for a dynamic conference.


The purpose of the biennial Northeast Cooperative Soil Survey Conference (NECSSC) is to bring together representatives of the National Cooperative Soil Survey in the northeastern states for discussion of technical and scientific questions. Through the actions of committees and conference discussions, experience is summarized and clarified for the benefit of all; new areas are explored; procedures are synthesized; and ideas are exchanged and disseminated. The conference also functions as a clearinghouse for recommendations and proposals received from individual members and state conferences for transmittal to the National Cooperative Soil Survey Conference.


  • Agenda (as of 6/12/14; subject to change)
    • Registration fee is $125 ($100 for SSSNNE members). Registration will include technical tours in the field on the 24th and 25th; breakfast and lunch on the 23rd and 24th; breakfast, lunch and dinner on the 25th; breakfast on the 26th.
  • Committee Charges and Prescribed Membership (DOCX; 20 KB)
  • Campus Lodging Reservation
    • On campus housing is available in Mary Lyon Hall, a wonderful historic building remodeled in 2007. It is within a half minute walk Boyd hall Auditorium and Prospect Dining Hall. Double rooms in this hall rent for $42 per night. Single rooms rent for $32 per night. A linen package is provided for $12 per guest.
  • Campus Map
  • Venue (Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University)
  • Directions


The presentation of ideas, research, accomplishments, and program status is welcome and encouraged.

Please relay your plans for posters to Caroline Alves, NRCS Soil Scientist, Williston, VT. Caroline will be coordinating this aspect of the conference.


  • NRCS State Soil Scientists responsible for each of the 13 northeastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia)
  • Experiment station or university pedologists for the northeastern states
  • National NRCS representatives of the Soil Science Division Director
  • Directors of the NRCS Soil Survey Regional Offices in Amherst, Massachusetts; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Representatives from the soils staff of the USDA Forest Service
  • Representatives of the host state professional soil science society


  • Bylaws: Thom Villars, Resource Soil Scientist, White River Junction, Vermont
  • Taxonomy and Standards: Debbie Anderson, NRCS Regional Director, Soil Survey Region 3, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Hydric Soils and Subaqueous soils: Hydric Soils – Rob Tunstead, NRCS Soil Survey Office Leader, Hammonton, New Jersey; Subaqueous Soils – Deb Surabian, NRCS State Soil Scientist, Connecticut
  • Soil and Ecosystem Dynamics: Patrick Drohan, PhD, Pedologist, Penn State University; and Nels Barrett, PhD, NRCS Ecologist/Ecological Site Specialist, Connecticut
  • New Technology: Dave Zimmermann, NRCS Soil Data Quality Specialist, Soil Survey Region 12; and Edwin Muniz, NRCS Assistant State Soil Scientist, New Jersey
  • Research Needs:Don Ross, PhD, Research Professor, University of Vermont


The New Hampshire State Soil – Marlow.

The technical tours on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 23 and 24), will take us to Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and into the White Mountain National Forest. Bring your favorite field clothes to cover the weather possibilities (from cold rain to sunny and 80s) and terrain. The field trip will include walks over sloping, uneven, possibly wet and slippery terrain requiring appropriate foot wear.   Insect repellent and rain gear may be needed.

Raster soil class map displayed over high-resolution elevation model and true color orthophotograph of soils formed in lodgement till. It illustrates the use of LiDAR and Arc SIE, a knowledge-based raster soil mapping software, for Terrestrial Ecological Unit and Ecological Site Inventories.



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Kim McCracken
NECSSC Steering Committee Co-Chair
NH State Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS
(603) 868-9931 x123

Al Averill
NECSSC Steering Committee Co-Chair
VT and MA State Soil Scientist USDA-NRCS

Robert “Andy” Colter
NECSSC Steering Committee Vice Chair
WMNF Soils and Ecologist USDA-FS
(603) 536-6229

Greg Howard
NECSSC Steering Committee
Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England

Peter Whitcomb
NECSSC Steering Committee Advisor
Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS
(603) 223-6024

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.