|PAGE UPDATED ON March 18th, 2014|
Announcements - In Reverse Chronological Order
The winter 2014 issue of The Lay of the Land is now available for downloading.
The proposal from the MAPSS Technical Committee for adoption of the Connotative Soil Survey (CSS) and accompanying Explanation and Usage Guide should be carefully reviewed prior to the Annual Meeting of March 18th, 2014.
Please view the comparison chart for the two mapping styles for additional details.
M.A.W.S. Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th, 2014, at Thorne Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick.
The Soil Science Society of Northern New England (SSSNNE) is holding their Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 27th, in Burlington, Vermont. The Agenda can be downloaded. Directions the Annual Meeting can be downloaded.
Temporary Teaching Opportunity at Unity College I am looking for someone who might be interested in a temporary teaching opportunity at Unity College in spring 2015 for a sabbatical replacement (pending the outcome of my application). The teaching responsibilities would include an Environmental Geology course and a Weather and Climate course. Each course has a lab component to it. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Kevin Spigel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to pass this announcement along. Kevin M. Spigel, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geoscience Co-Director of Undergraduate Research Unity College email@example.com 207.948.9215 https://sites.google.com/a/unity.edu/kspigel/ http://www.unity.edu/academics/undergraduate_research
On Thursday, September 26th, plan on attending the MASE Field Day at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. Backhoe-dug soil pits will be available for morning inspection, followed by an afternoon discussion.
October 11-13th: 3 days, 17 individual, day-long field trips, including bedrock, glacial, pedology, archaeology, and mining trips in the Katahdin region. Pre-registration is required at New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference.
Minimum size map units for wetland delineation: The following guidance is provided by U.S. ACOE Senior Project Manager Jay Clement. It evolved from the panel discussion at the September 4th, 2013 MAPSS field conference at Mt. Blue State Park. Jay Clement can be reached at the Maine Project Office, (207) 623-8367.
The joint MAPSS - MAWS - MASE late summer field workshop was held at Mt. Blue State Park on
Wednesday, September 4th. Download the field workshop information and registration form.
Thanks to all who organized and staffed the workshop, especially to Dave Rocque, without whose enthusiasm and persistence this workshop would not have taken place.
Downloand the soil pit pedon descriptions for the 4 sites.
Download the summer 2013 edition of The Lay of the Land.
Penobscot River Restoration Great Works & Veazie Dam Removals and the Sedgeunkedunk Steam Restoration. Sponsored by Ecological Landscaping Association and Society for Ecological Restoration - New England Chapter. Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; $35.00 ELA & SER Members - $40 Non-Member. Link to the PDF flier for more information.
MAWS presents a workshop Delineating Federal Wetlands Using the Northcentral/Northeast Regional Supplement, Thursday August 8th, 2013, 9:00am-3:00pm - Smiling Hill Farm, 781 County Road, Westbrook, Maine. Link to the MAWS website for more information.
NHANRS & SSSNNE present a SOIL MAPPING WORKSHOP: Principles, Process & Techniques. FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2013, 8:00am - 3:00pm, Dover, NH. Link to the PDF flier for more information.
The Janet Engle Cormier Memorial Scholarship Committee voted on March 27th, 2013 to split the $1,000 award to two deserving candidates, Aaron Englander and Cayce Salvano. UMaine-Orono plans to have an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17 at the University’s Fogler Library, and MAPSS President Don Phillips will hand out $500 checks to each of them at the ceremony.
Following up on members' questions during Tom Peragallo's presentation at the 2013 Annual Meeting, Ruth Ladd from US ACOE gives this guidance for
using the New England
Hydric Soil Indicators
ANNUAL MEETINGS SCHEDULED:
Maine Audubon and other project partners are holding several Stream Smart workshops.
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Janet Engle Cormier Scholarship Award. Completed applications are due March 8th, 2013.
Stantec has two wetland / natural resource scientist positions open. Please use this link for further details.
MAWS is hosting an afternoon workshop MAINE INLAND WADING BIRD AND WATERFOWL HABITAT WORKSHOP, to be held on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 1 to 5pm at the Augusta Elks Lodge.
The annual MASE field day is scheduled for Thursday, September 27th. Please download the PDF registration and information form.
The expert workshop soil pit descriptions, vegetation lists, and photos have been compiled on a separate page. Thanks to Dave Rocque, NRCS staff Nick Butler and Bob Evon for continuous pumping of pits, NRCS staff Dave Wilkinson and Greg Granger for pedon descriptions, the City of Augusta Public Works Department, MAPSS, MAWS, and MASE volunteers, the Urban Soils 2012 field workshop was a success.
The 2012 MAPSS/MAWS/MASE Urban/Altered/Disturbed Soils Workshop will be held at the Augusta Bond Brook Trail System Site at the end of the Augusta Airport in Augusta, Maine on September 6, 2012 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Download the registration form.
This workshop is of interest to those natural resource professionals who typically encounter sites with altered soil conditions ("made land"; udorthents; filled and regraded sites), altered hydrology, and the often unusual florisitic taxa that are observed on these sites. For further description of the workshop, please download the full workshop description.
The color orthophoto for the workshop location can be downloaded here.
The proposed new taxonomic classification for anthropogenic soils can be downloaded here for tomorrow's workshop.
The summer, 2012 edition of The Lay of the Land is available for downloading.
Technical Tour north to the foot of Katahdin and the Golden Road in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, Maine. We’ll see some of the typical pedons described by NRCS soil scientists in the North Woods, such as Nicholville, Chesuncook, Monadnock, Colton, Kinsman, and Adams. NRCS soil scientists will have lab data on some of these pedons as well. We’ll cover related topics such as glacial geology, hydric soils, and elemental distributions of the major soil series in the North Woods of Maine. We are planning X-ray field exercises at sites with lab data.
8:00AM - 5:00PM Technical Field Tour
Bus departs from UMaine campus for Millinocket and North Woods.
6:00PM - 8:00PM Lobster Bake at Black Bear Inn, Orono
Keynote Speaker: Chris Dorion “The Glacial Geology and Soils of Baxter Park”
* Bus fee, snacks, lunch and lobster banquet are included with Technical Tour registration.
The cost of the workshop is $75.00 for MAPSS/MAWS/MASE members or associate members.
Please see the Registration Form for more information about the tour itinerary, agenda content, and registration information.
If you wish to stay at hotels listed on the website, they are honoring lower room rates for the “Soils Conference” participants until 15 May.
Full and Associate Member directories have been updated. Please verify the accuracy of your data; if further changes are needed, please email web master Chris Dorion.
Changes to the MAPSS Guidelines: The Membership voted to suspend the section on Oxyaquic Conditions, pending field trials set to begin during the early summer of 2012. These field studies will evaluate the relationship between drainage class & hydrology, redoximorphic features indicative of saturation, and timing of the growing season.
Soil wetness refers to the duration, depth and oxidation state of a seasonal high water table [AND].
The MAPSS Annual Meeting was held on Friday, March 16th at University of Southern Maine - Portland campus. Meeting Agenda and registration form should be downloaded. The registration deadline is MARCH 7th.
The MAPSS Technical Committee proposed the following changes to the MAPSS Drainage Key, which were approved by the Memberhsip at the Annual Meeting:
The full minutes of the MAPSS Technical Committee can be downloaded here. The Technical Committee is comprised of Christopher Dorion (Chair), George Bakajza, Greg Granger, Steve Howell, Tony Jenkins, Dave Marceau, Dave Rocque, Johanna Szillery, and Dave Turcotte.
The MAPSS Annual Meeting program has been awarded 6 contact hours for Site Evaluators, Certified System Inspectors, and Certified System Installers. James A. Jacobsen, Project Manager, Webmaster, Division of Environmental Health, Drinking Water Program, Subsurface Wastewater Unit
The January, 2012 ACOE Regional Supplement has several changes. Download the 2 page document here.
The Full Member and Associate Member Directories were updated today. In order to be listed, one's membership dues for 2011 must be current. Please review for accuracy by linking to the "Directory of Members" at left and following the instructions.
The FULL MEMBER and ASSOCIATE MEMBER directories are now in HTML format. Please link to them using "Directory of Members" link at left. Please scroll to your individual data cells and note any changes / additions / corrections, and then e-mail them to Chris Dorion, Webmaster.
Publication of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States Version 7.0 is now available in electronic format. Download it here.
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The 11th edition of Keys to Soil Taxonomy, as well as a summary of all changes for this new version of the Keys, are available at the NRCS website.
The 2009 MAPSS Guidelines are now uploaded. Use the link at left "Publications + MAPSS Guidelines" to download the PDF files.
The 2009 Executive Committee was elected at the Annual Meeting on March 10th. Use the link to the left for the new E.C. and Committee Chair list and e-mail contacts.
Why soil is important: that 10 inch thick Ap horizon is all that separates us from starvation. See the review of Dirt the Movie
Check out the Chesuncook soil monolith at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (scroll down to Image #11) in Washington, D.C. MAPSS raised over $10,000 for the monolith display.
Coarse fragment descriptions in the National Soil Survey Handbook have been updated.
Maine Catena Key Update (spring, 2008)
MOOSABEC soil series adopted in Maine
KNOB LOCK soil series adopted in Maine
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