Meetings & Events

The Professional Soil Scientists Association of California meets annually. The meetings typically are comprised of an afternoon/evening business meeting followed by a one- or two-day technical tour.

PSSAC Table of Annual Meeting Activity & Other Soil Science Events

Year Location  Meeting focus Link to Meeting Information
2017  Sacramento Delta Region
April 20-22, 2017
 Topics will include geomorphic formations, geological framework, and soil and land use information for the Sacramento Delta Region.  Link to 2017 Annual Meeting Page
 2016  South San Joaquin Valley
April 7-9, 2016
 Hydrology, Geomorphology, Soils, and Stratigraphy and Archaeology, focusing on Buena Vista and Tulare Lake Basins  Link to 2016 Meeting Page
 2015  Central Sierra Nevada
June 25-28, 2015
Soil, Geomorphology, and Ecology. Importance of soils on land management decisions.  Link to 2015 Meeting Page
2014 Greenville, CA
(June 20-22, 2014)
Plumas County Serpentine Soils, featuring the work of Dr. Earl Alexander, and fun local management topics. Link to 2014 Meeting Page
2013 Mendocino Woodlands State Park
(June 27-30, 2013)
Planned jointly with the California Forest Soils Council, this meeting included a 50th anniversary celebration at Caspar Creek Watershed, visit a lumber mill reclamation site, information on Erosion Hazard Index, Ecological Staircase and more. Link to 2013 Meeting Page
2012 Davis, California
(June 26, 2012)
Annual Business Meeting was held during the June 25-28, 2012 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference. NRCS Webpage for this conference is no longer available.
2011 Davis, California Yolo County Soils, Wetlands, Online Soil Tools and Apps, and More. Organized by David Kelley, Toby O’Geen and Randy Dahlgren. Link to 2011 Meeting Page
2010 Davenport, Calif.
(June 17-19, 2010)
Swanton Pacific Ranch. Organized by Ron Taskey, Roberta Smith, Brian Dieterrick (Swanton Pacific Ranch manager), Tom Rice, and Mary Reed. 2010 Photo Album
2009 Yosemite National Park
(Sept. 17-19, 2009)
“Soil-Geology-Vegetation Relationships of Yosemite National Park.” A Joint Meeting of PSSAC and CFSC. 2009 Photo Album
2008 San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles Areas
(March 27-29, 2008)
Soil and Wine Quality Relationships, Soil and Olive Oil production, and mercury mine remediation efforts in the Tablas Creek watershed were the topics for the 2008 Annual Meeting. 2008 Photo Album
2007 Catalina Island
(April 19-22, 2007)
The general theme of the meeting was to expose the participants to the unique soils, landforms, geology, agriculture, land use practices, archaeology, and history of Catalina Island. Cooperating agencies are the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Catalina Island Conservancy, and the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Center. 2007 Photo Album
2006 Philadelphia, PA
(July 19-15, 2006)
18th World Congress of Soil Science Meeting Web Site
2005 Harris Ranch, Fresno and Kings Counties Human modified soils and issues related to agriculture, land use, and water in the San Joaquin Valley in collaboration with NRCS and the Department of Water Resources. 2005 Photo Album
2004 Sacramento, Shasta, Modoc & Lassen Counties Agriculture, land use, and research issues in Northeastern California. Relationships between soils, climate and land use practices in collaboration with NRCS and University of California Extension Service. 2004 Photo Album
2003 Doubletree Hotel, Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills Soil and Archaeology: Pedological and Cultural History Revealed. Soils, geomorphic surfaces and archaeological features in collaboration with the Society for California Archaeology.  No Album Available
2002 McClellan Park, Sacramento Remediation of soils contaminated with hazardous materials, and nutrient management on soils used for treatment of agricultural wastes 2002 Photo Album
2001 Salinas, Monterey County Geology, Geomorphology, Native Vegetation, Water Resources, Nitrate Management, Commercial Composting, Intensive Agriculture and Urban and Agricultural Land Use Issues 2001 Photo Album
2000 Fresno County San Joaquin State Soil, Foriestiere Gardens, Cal Poly SLO student projects. 2000 Photo Album