2014 Summer PSSAC Meeting
and Joint Field Tour with the
California Forest Soils Council
June 20-22, 2014
Held in the region of Greenville, California, the 2014 Annual PSSAC-CFSC Meeting and Field Tour featured the soils of the Feather River ultramafic body and honored the work of longtime CFSC member, Earl Alexander. According to Earl, this is one of the most interesting serpentine areas in California. The Feather River body stretches from the type locality of the Forbes soil in the Forest Hill area on the Tahoe National Forest to the Red Hill area north of the Feather River on the Plumas National Forest. Events include field trips and discussions on serpentine soil morphology and ecology, meadow restoration, and post-fire forest management. Evening programs included a catered dinner, BBQ, drinks, presentations, and social hours, all set in the scenic backdrop of the Northern Sierras.
(Link to PDF handout that includes maps of meeting area.)
June 19th (Thu)
Evening Arrival at Taylorsville Campground, Taylorsville, southeast of Greenville CA
June 20th (Fri)
AM – Serpentine soils presentation by Earl Alexander at the campground, with beverages and muffins provided
Field trip– Look at and discuss serpentine soil morphology and ecology
Lunch -CFSC/PSSAC business meetings at lunch, Thoughts and memories of Bob Powers, CFSC nominations announced, snacks and drinks provided.
PM – Dinner in Greenville – soil scientist open mic – Matt Busse presentation about fire management and forest soils
June 21st (Sat)
AM – Beverages and muffins provided
Field trip – Pond and plug meadow restoration project, Humbug Valley with Plumas Corporation
Lunch – Beverly Ogle, Maidu Tribe, will speak about Humbug Valley reacquisition by the Tribe and traditional resources management. Snacks and drinks provided
Sat pm – Field trip to fire salvage and fire treatment stops and discussion
Sat eve – BBQ and socializing at Taylorsville Campground
June 22nd (Sun)
AM – Beverages and muffins provided, clean-up camp and depart
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Credits (PDCs):
CEUs and PDCs can be obtained but will be the individual’s responsibility to keep records and apply.
CFSC/PSSAC Conference Organizing Committee:
Phil Smith (NRCS, Templeton, CA, email@example.com), 229-560-9191
Jennifer Wood (NRCS, Davis, CA, Jennifer.Wood@ca.usda.gov), 707-845-1216
Joe Blanchard (Klamath National Forest, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ken Hubbert (email@example.com)
Scott Hagerty (Six Rivers National Forest, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Garrett Liles (email@example.com)
Location: Taylorsville Campground
The Taylorsville County Park and Campground is located on Arlington Rd off of Highway 89, 1/2 mile east of Taylorsville past Indian Creek, right across from the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club (Rodeo grounds).
Camping and services
CFSC has reserved campsites at Taylorsville Campground from Thursday night to Saturday night. The campground has coin-operated showers, flush toilets, RV spots, beach access for fishing and swimming, and a group kitchen. Motels and groceries can be found in Greenville, approximately 10 miles away.
Link to PDF Handout of Meeting information, including maps to campground area.
DOWNLOAD 2014 Summer Field Tour Background Materials: Fuel Reduction Practices and Their Effects on Soil Quality
Pacific Southwest Research Station General Technical Report PSW-GTR-241
Matt D. Busse, Ken R. Hubbert, and Emily E. Y. Moghaddas
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