PSSAC meeting March 1-3, Chico, CA
Our good friends the Professional Soil Scientists Association of California (PSSAC) are having their annual meeting in Chico, CA, co-hosted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and California State University, Chico. This event will focus on soils, students, and building community with PSSAC + NRCS + CSUC.
Learn more about the agenda, lodging, etc., HERE !!
See you there!
California Forest Soils Council
September 7-9, 2017
Swanton, California: great diversity in a small area
Thursday (09/07) late afternoon-evening: arrive at Swanton Pacific Ranch (SPR)
- meet at the yurts (map & directions attached); site orientation & protocols (The house at the site, called the “Staub house”, is the private residence of Ranch interns; we must respect that.)
- set up tent if that’s your choice
- socialize & informal meeting orientation
Friday (09/08) morning 0700-0745: continental breakfast (Al Smith house*)
- possible point to ponder: Why are English muffins often served at continental breakfasts?
- clean up
Friday morning 0800–1100: presentations (Al Smith house)
- Welcomes, introductions, announcements—CFSC, SPR, Big Creek (15 min)
- SPR: what it is, history, mission, activities (Dr. Brian Dietterick, director–20 min)
- forest uses & management (Mr. Steve Auten, forester–20 min)
- break (15 min.)
- the geologic & geomorphic setting (Dr. Roberta Smith, geologist–20 min)
- landscape stability (Ron Taskey, Roberta Smith, Steve Auten–20 min)
- local ecosystems & land-use history (Mr. Jim West, botanist–20 min)
- break (10 min.)
- geology-soil-plant associations (Dr. Ron Taskey, soil scientist–20 min)
- student-SPR connections: student perspectives (10 min)
Friday prenoonish-postnoonish: field & lunch
- Scott Ck flood plain sediments, soils, ground water (Dr. Bwalya Malama, Mr. Devin Pritchard-Peterson, Dr. Ron Taskey, Mr. Phil Smith)
- other interesting attractions: organic farm, steelhead and salmon monitoring
Friday afternoon, 1400-1600: private-forest management, Big Creek Lumber Co.
- opportunities & challenges (Janet Webb, President, Big Creek Lumber Co.)
- one-year-old timber harvest site
Friday evening, 1700: presentation (Al Smith house*)
- local land-use history—from those who know (Lud McCrary, cofounder Big Creek Lumber Co.) Friday evening, bbq (Al Smith pavillion)
- BBQ on our own among the redwoods with ocean view and fine company.
Saturday (09/09) morning, 0645-0730: continental breakfast (Al Smith pavillion)
Saturday (09/09) morning, 0730-1300(?): walking field tour Little Creek watershed (assemble at yurts–Staub house; bring lunch, water, etc.)
NOTE: Because of road failures we must walk the entire route. Distance 3 ½ – 4 miles, mostly down-hill along an easy fun-to-walk trail and gravel road. (If we make good time, we’ll have the option of an interesting side trip along the way.) CAUTION: poison oak
- contrasts close-up: geology (Miocene sedimentary/Cretaceous granitic), soils (forested Mollisols), hydrology, ecosystems, forest management opportunites and challenges (ALL)
- some landforms and soils are stable, others are not (ALL)
Saturday lunch, CFSC business mtng (location tba)
Saturday afternoon (~ 1330-1700): field tour–marine terraces along Hwy 1
- marine terrace development, morphology, & USGS research (Dr. Jorie Schulz, USGS geologist)
- historic ecosystems & land uses (Mr. Jim West)
- livestock program (Mr. Gordon Claassen, cowboy gentleman)
- terrace soils (Phil Smith, Ron Taskey)
- adjourn, see you next year!
CFSC 2017 Summer Field Tour:
Swanton Pacific Ranch, in Santa Cruz County
September 7-9, 2017
Yep, it’s a bit of a departure to have our summer tour so late in the season, but such a fantastic, central location will be worth it!
Swanton Pacific Ranch is a component of the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, natural resources and environmental sciences program, and is a great research facility, near gorgeous beaches and forests.
Stay tuned for info about topics, site visits, and speakers. And, of course, send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!