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Norco Sportsman's Club

91 Houghton Road

Princeton, MA 01541

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8:30-9:00 Registration -NRCS Programs Booth -Conservation District Programs Booth 9:00-9:05 Welcome -TBD


9:05-9:25 Conservation District Activities, Soil Health Initiatives -Kate Gervais, Worcester Conservation District

9:25-10:00 Soils of Massachusetts; parent material, formation, morphology -Al Averill, NRCS State Soil Scientist for Massachusetts and Vermont

10:00-10:30 Soil survey – depiction of soil variability for practical applicability, map units and composition, limitations of scale, intent of the product -Al Averill

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:15 Soil Water Relationships/Soil drainage class and resulting morphology, hydric soil morphology Maggie Payne, NRCS Resource Soil Scientist for Massachusetts

11:15-11:45 Interpreting soils and soils information for land use and management purposes – farmland classes and hydrologic soil groups -Maggie Payne

11:45-12:30 Lunch - A variety of sandwiches, chips, cookies and water will be provided -NRCS Programs Booth -Conservation District Programs Booth 12:30-12:45 Transition to field sessions (5 groups; rotating stations)

12:45-1:20 Station 1: Soil pit Al Averill

1:20-1:55 Station 2: Soil pit Maggie Payne

1:55-2:30 Station 3: Soil pit, poorly drained sequence/hydric soil


2:30-3:05 Station 4: Soil texture Kate Gervais

3:05-3:40 Station 5: Rainfall Simulator TBD

3:40-4:00 Participant evaluation, soil survey user questionnaire, and distribution of continuing education documentation All


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