2015 NCSS Conference – DULUTH, MN June 7-11

The 2015 National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Conference will be held in Duluth, Minnesota on June 7-11!

We hope to see you there!

A web site has been established for frequently updated materials on the conference:

A highlight of this year’s conference is a “call for proposals”.  A science committee has been developed to review abstracts for poster and oral presentations and training sessions relating to work in soil survey, ecological site description, soil health, promoting soil data and information and digital soil mapping and other technology advances.  More details about these opportunities can be found at the following URL:

Abstracts maybe submitted at the following URL:

This year’s NCSS Conference features:

  • Day-long field tours on June 7 and 10
  • Committee meetings and presentations on June 8
  • 24 training sessions and 18 oral presentations on June 9
  •   Poster sessions-June 8 and 9
  • NCSS Town Hall on the Future of Soil Survey on June 11

A tentative agenda is on the web site along with lodging and registration information.

There are active committees organizing the various parts of the conference.  Once finalized, these will be listed in the “Committees” section.

Feel free to contact any of the following for more in-depth information:

John Beck, Chair,, 651-602-7895

Watch for updates and information on the Conference on the website.

See you in Duluth!

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in General


2015 Scholarship Application is Available

Students, check out the student tab for the latest scholarship application!
Applications are due on March 31st!

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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in General


Youth Outdoor Fest

Join us at the Youth Outdoor Fest at Veteran’s Freedom Park in La Crosse, WI on July12th from 10am – 2pm.

This is a new location this year for this FREE event!

FREE Entry…. FREE Hot Dog!

Raffle Prizes and lots of Outdoor Activities… including the Scoop on Soil booth where kids get to learn about Soil Health by digging into real LIVE soil!


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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in General


June 27, 2014 WSPSS Meeting At TREEHAVEN


As I hope you all know from Dave Gundlach’s earlier email the spring meeting of WSPSS has been rescheduled for Friday, June 27th at Treehaven. I am excited about the educational program that we have scheduled. Our afternoon presenter for the education session is Mark Krupinski NRCS-Ecological Site Specialist. Mark will do a presentation and field tour on the NRCS’ ecological site description and inventory program. Ecological site descriptions (ESDs) are a relatively new product from the NRCS. The NRCS has traditionally been concerned with soil and water conservation, with this new program they are adding native vegetation conservation and management concerns to the portfolio. About 50 new Ecological Site Specialists have been created nationwide to accomplish the task of eventually creating ESDs that relate to all major soil map units. An important feature within an ESD is the state and transition model which describes the various plant communities, their habitat characteristics and the processes of change within them. The field tour will shoe examples of various forest plant communities and how they got to be the way they are. Mark has over 30 years of experience in classifying and interpreting forest soils and is eager to explain his ESD project to WSPSS.

Steve Frings
WSPSS President

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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in General


Please see the below note from Judy Goplin. This is a great opportunity to learn more about tecnologies used in depth to bedrock investigations.

UW Discovery Farms & Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey are presenting Soil Subsurface & Depth to Bedrock Mapping workshops at several locations in April. Could you send this out to any of your lists who might be interested in this type of workshop?

Here is a short intro:

Useful Technologies in Soil Subsurface and Depth to Bedrock Mapping
The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey (WGNHS) and University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program are offering a workshop for technical service providers, land and water conservation professionals, and engineers. The workshop will consist of a classroom portion in the morning, and field demonstrations in the afternoon. Staff from the WGNHS will present information on emerging technologies in mapping soil subsurface characteristics and depth to bedrock. The featured technologies are electrical resistivity imaging, ArcMap database management and use of a Geoprobe. Recent improvements in electronics and computing power have made it easier than ever to apply these techniques to real world land use issues.

For more information and a registration form go to our website. Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Judy Goplin
Program Assistant
UW-Discovery Farms
PO Box 429
40195 Winsand Drive
Pigeon Falls, WI 54760
Phone: 715.983.5668
FAX: 715.983.2138

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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in General


2014 Officer Ballot Available

Click here to get the 2014 WSPSS Ballot!

Please send your ballot and dues to Karla Petges!


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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in General


Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) 2013 Winter Technical & Business Meeting

Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS)
2013 Winter Technical & Business Meeting
The Soil and Water Connection


Friday, December 6th
at the Kelley Inn in St. Cloud, MN

Join us at the MAPSS technical conference and winter meeting on Friday, December 6th from 8:00-5PM at the Kelly Inn St. Cloud, MN as a host of distinguished presenters share their work and expertise on topics associated with soil and its intricate connection to water. As always this will be your chance to see old friends and to meet the new generation of soil scientists. Your presence and involvement is the fabric of this organization. Please check out our website for Tentative Topics & Speakers.

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in General


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