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  • Click here to download the announcement and registration for the upcoming PAPSS-sponsored 1-day classroom and field seminar on the Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Region v 2.0 Regional Supplement to the ACOE Wetland Delineation Manual.  Two dates are scheduled for your convenience: April 9th and 10th, 2014, at the Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center in Gettysburg. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • It is PAPSS’ position that the licensing of soil scientists is necessary to protect the consumer, provide a high degree of professionalism and ethics, and promote the use of basic standards within the soil science community. In 2011, the PAPSS Board of Directors released “The Case for Licensing of Soil Scientists in PA“. Those who are more familiar with the specific issues surrounding the proposed licensing of soil scientists in PA understand the need to more appropriately define a “soil scientist”. While PA DEP regulations, guidance documents, and municipal ordinances have recognized and adopted the term “soil scientist”, very few have provided a commensurate definition that recognizes the specialty of the profession.
  • The following two soil science-related news stories were provided by a PAPSS Member (Thank you!):

  • The 2013 PAPSS Registry of Professional Soil Science Consultants is now available under the “Find a Soil Scientist” page.
  • Version 3.0 of the Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils is now available from the NRCS.  The digital version is available here and hard copies can be ordered here.
  • Click here for some great pictures of soil profile exposures that were created as a result of Hurricane Sandy (thanks to Jim Turenne via LinkedIn)
  • Click Here for an interesting article about a proposal in the UK to reduce peat consumption to more sustainable levels.
  • Thanks to Ed White for submitting past issues of PENNSOIL.  The Archive now contains a total of 35 back issues, the oldest issue from October 1986. As always, please feel free to contribute information or photographs for the website.
  • Click Here for the recently released PAPSS Position Paper on PA DEP’s Alternate Technology Listings.  
  • Click Here for a very interesting article that correlates the relationship between the Cretaceous coastline, soils, and modern day politics (thanks to Joshua Gross, P.E. for sending this link)
  • The PAPSS Scholarship Application form is available for download here.  PAPSS encourages all eligible and interested persons to apply. Please direct any questions regarding the application form and process to 
  • Here is a link to a NY Times article that discusses how the U.S. Dept. of the Interior will allow periodic flow increases at the Glen Canyon Dam to help the Colorado River replenish sediment in downstream ecosystems:
  • Please check the “Issues and Licensing” Page for the latest information and links on the Professional Soil Scientists licensing effort through the Pennsylvania Legislature.
  • Check the ‘Issues and Licensing’ tab for an article from the American Society of Agronomy’s Crops & Soils Magazine titled “Reclaiming our Turf”.  This is a timely article for soil scientists considering the licensing effort that is currently underway.
  • The 2011 PAPSS Annual Meeting was held on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker from the 36th Legislative District explained the legislative process of a bill’s passage and offered advice on our licensing effort, and an enlightening question-and-answer session took place during the Senator’s presentation.  One of the main challenges is the demonstration to state legislators that there is a need for licensing, based on protection of the public health and welfare.  Specific examples of harm, as a result of inadequately trained personnel performing soil science work, may be necessary.  Senator Brubaker recommended that PAPSS align with other professional organizations that would assist with the process and offer support.  All members in attendance are encouraged to send a hand-written thank-you note to Senator Brubaker at the following address:
    • The Honorable Michael W. Brubaker
    • Harrisburg Office
    • 168 Main Capitol
    • Senate Box 203036
    • Harrisburg, PA 17120-3036
  • In addition to the presentation by Senator Brubaker, PAPSS’ lobbyist Mr. Vince Phillips gave an engaging and thought-provoking discussion on ethics.  Mr. Phillips  also reiterated the Senator’s call for the work ahead of the Association to gather support for licensing and the need for an impactful presentation if and when the opportunity arises.  Mr Phillips asked for volunteers to assist in developing a speech for presentation to the legislature.
  • SSSA is offering a distance leaning course titled “Fundamentals in Soil Science”.  CEUs will likely be offered as well.  Click Here for a link to course and registration information.
  • Click here for a link to the Spring 2011 PA Geology newsletter.  Of particular interest to PAPSS members is an extensive article beginning on page 8 that discusses the new 1:100,000 scale mapping of glacial features in Pennsylvania.
  • Do you have an iPod or iPhone?  Here is a link to a soil mapping app that uses that devices GPS to find your location and then provide information on mapping, classification, and lab data (as long as everyone recognizes the need to actually dig a hole and perform site specific work…..)

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