Current Activities of Cal-Pac SRM and other Professional Societies
The Cal-Pac Section will award a Young Professional Scholarship of up to $1000 to support one qualifying member early in their career to attend the 2019 SRM Annual Meeting! You are eligible to apply for the scholarship if you meet one of the follow eligibility requirements:
- Currently registered as a "Young Professional" or "Apprentice" SRM member
- SRM member who graduated with a degree in the field of range management within the last 5 years
The application deadline is December 1, 2018 and the award will be announced on December 15, 2018. The scholarship recipient will need to pay the cost up front and submit receipts to Cal-Pac for reimbursement.
The 2019 SRM Annual Meeting is going to be in Minneapolis, MN, February 10-14, 2019, and the website for the Annual Meeting is now Live! The theme is “Gateway to Prairie”. You may want to register early to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate, which ends December 29, 2018.
Please join us on the cool North Coast for the combined Cal-Pac Fall Meeting and 50th Anniversary of the Rangeland Resource Science and Wildland Soils program at HSU. Events will be held on the HSU campus and at the Plaza Grill in Arcata, CA.
Special rates are available at the Blue Lake Casino Hotel, $90 for single and $96 for double (plus tax). These rates are available until October 1st. To make your reservation call (707) 668-9770 ext. 2880 and ask for the HSU Range rate.
Register online at: https://alumni.humboldt.edu/pages/rrws-50th-anniversary. Please register by October 4, 2018 so we have an accurate count for catering.
Note: Payment and registration at the above website is by credit/debit only. If you must pay by cash or check (or have any other questions), please contact Susan Edinger Marshall at email@example.com.
Can't Attend but Wish to Donate to HSU Range/Soils Program?
Thursday October 11 – Cal-Pac Board and Committee Meetings – HSU Campus
HSU Campus Map (PDF)
Friday October 12 – Cal-Pac Section Technical Session and HSU Anniversary Program
- 3:00-5:00 pm - BSS 508 – Cal-Pac Board of Directors, BSS 402 – CRM Panel
Plaza Grill (Plaza View Room), 780 7th Street, Arcata, CA 95521
- 8:00-8:30 am - Registration
- 8:30-8:45 am - Welcome and Introductions
- Cal-Pac SRM: Fire on CA Rangelands
- 8:45-9:15 am - Prescribed Fire Options for the Private Landowner and New Policy Direction: Lenya Quinn-Davidson
- 9:15 – 9:45 am - Humboldt UCCE Fire Program Update: Jeff Stackhouse
- 9:45 – 10:00 am – Break
- 10:00 – 10: 30 am - Medusahead Control Update: Josh Davy
- 10:30 – 11:00 am - Economics of Wildfire/Drought: Feed through or Sell and Rebuild? – Larry Forero (Invited)
- 11:00 – 11:30 am – Prescribed Fire and Oak Health – Arielle Halpern (Invited)
- 11:30-1:30 pm - Lunch on your own – Arcata Plaza
- HSU Anniversary Program
- 1:30-1:50 pm - Kenneth Fulgham, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt State University
- 1:50-2:10 pm - Jim Redd, The Ranch Agent, Four Star Realty
- 2:10-2:30 pm - Hugh Barrett, President-Sage Advice Consulting
- 2:30-2:45 pm - Break
- 2:45-3:05 pm - NRCS speaker Dustin Detweiler
- 3:05-3:25 pm - USFS speaker Dawn Coultrap
- 3:25-3:45 pm - BLM speaker Jennifer Wheeler
- 3:45-4:10 pm - Susan Edinger Marshall, Current and Future Range/Soils Program
- 4:10-4:30 pm - Panel Discussion
- Cal-Pac/HSU Business Meeting, Banquet and Auction
- 5:30-6:30 pm Social Hour
- 6:30-7:30 pm Banquet
- 7:30-8:00 pm Featured Speaker – Professor Bill Lauenroth
- 8:00-9:00 pm SRM Business Meeting: Awards, Reports, New Officers, Auction
Saturday, October 13 – Field Trip
- Mattole/Petrolia area – transportation and lunch will be provided
Sunday, October 14 – HSU Campus Tours (on request)
The 2018 California Rangeland Conservation Coalition Summit in Stockton, CA is Tuesday, January 16. The Summit theme is Wildlife Policies - Impacts to Rangeland Conservation & the Role for CRCC. If attending, we would like to invite you to consider bringing a poster describing some of your rangeland conservation and research efforts. The goal of the poster session is to stimulate conversation about conservation efforts, land management issues and practices, and scientific investigations about these ecosystems.
Soil Survey Manual Updated
The 2017 Soil Survey Manual has been printed and is ready for distribution. The newly updated Soil Survey Manual, USDA Handbook No. 18, provides the major principles and practices needed for making and using soil surveys and for assembling and using related data. The Manual serves as a guiding document for activities of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). Previously published in 1937, 1951, and 1993, the Soil Survey Manual is one of the defining documents for soil survey in the world.
The Manual is intended primarily for use by soil scientists engaged in making soil surveys. It is an especially important reference for soil scientists early in their careers as they learn the many complex aspects of making a soil survey. It is also an important reference for experienced soil surveyors who want to review the standards used in soil survey.
Teachers, researchers, and students of soil science and related disciplines will find the Manual extremely important. Wetland scientists, foresters, agronomists, and others who use soil surveys in their work can refer to the Manual to better understand how soil surveys are made and how to interpret the technical information they provide.
The 2017 version of the Manual reflects the significant changes in soil survey procedures since 1993. Entirely new subject matter includes:
· Digital Soil Mapping,
· Tools for Proximal Soil Sensing,
· Assessing Dynamic Soil Properties and Soil Change,
· Subaqueous Soil Survey, and
· Human-Altered and Human-Transported Soils.
Significant updates and revisions were made to all sections of the manual. In the United States, greater emphasis is now placed on the maintenance and modernization of previously completed soil surveys. Many chapters were split or combined to reflect modern soil survey practices.
“Examination and Description of Soils”
“Landscapes, Geomorphology, and Site Description” & “Examination and Description of Soil Profiles”
“Soil Systematics” & “Mapping Techniques”
“Soil Mapping Concepts”
“Information Recording and Management” & “Disseminating Soil Survey Information”
“Soil Survey Data Collection, Management, and Dissemination”
Hard cover copies of the Soil Survey Manual are available from the NRCS Distribution Center at https://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/DistributionCenter/; firstname.lastname@example.org; or (888) 526-3227. The Manual is scheduled for digital release in June 2017.
Dr. Dave Lindbo, Director, Soil Science Division, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service cannot stress enough the value of the Manual and its’ importance to the soil science profession and all other natural resource efforts. “Natural resources and how we manage them are changing almost daily,” said Lindbo. “It is critical to the agency and the profession that we stay current and this latest edition helps us meet that goal,” he said. “Not only is technology impacting what we do and how we do it, but the
ever changing landscape plus our fragile natural resources cause us to revisit our priorities when making land use decision. Now, more than ever, the Soil Survey Manual contributes to that effort.”
This edition of the manual has the unique possibility of being the last printed manual--making it a collector’s item for all book lovers. “The number of hardcopies is limited,” Lindbo continued, “but we plan to have a free PDF version online and downloadable for anyone wanting a copy.”