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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.



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