Multi-Day Event in Chico will Focus on Soils, Students and Community

Dan Industry News Release, Soil

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CSU Chico and the Professional Soil Scientists Association of California (PSSAC) are hosting a special soil event March 1 through March 3 for anyone interested in soils or learning how to eventuse soil survey information.

The soil science community is invited to come together to talk about upcoming projects, shared goals and the future. This will include an all-inclusive partners and cooperators meeting, a healthy dose of exploring soils and land use in the field, and interacting with university students. Attendees can come to any or all events. All are welcome.

To start things off, there will be a National Cooperative Soil Survey State Cooperators meeting on Thursday, March 1, at Chico State University in Colusa Hall, room 100A, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics will include contemporary use of NRCS soil survey information, current and developing university soil science related projects, UC Davis student soil research projects and NRCS natural resource inventory products. No registration is needed for this meeting.

On Friday, March 2, PSSAC will host their annual meeting and a field tour, co-hosted with Chico State University and professional soil scientists, where attendees can explore the soils and geology at the Cascade – Sierra Interface and Cherokee Strip (placer mine deposits extending in the Northern Sacramento Valley) in Butte County. There will be a group dinner and speakers to follow that evening. Advance registration is required.

The event wraps up on Saturday, March 3, with the Region 6 Collegiate Soil and Land Judging Contest at Butte College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Meeting participants will help facilitate the event and mentor the students with a morning competition and afternoon soil viewing and discussion.

For more information, please contact Tony Rolfes at tony.rolfes@ca.usda.gov or (530) 792-5656 or Garrett Liles at gcliles@csuchico.edu