Saturday, 15 July 2006

Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee: Bridging the Soil Science and Wetland Science Communities.

Lenore Vasilas, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 702 Shawnee Brook, Harve de Grace, MD 21078-1831, Ralph Spagnolo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, Bruce Vasilas, Univ of Delaware, Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences, Newark, DE 19717-1303, Martin C. Rabenhorst, Univ of Maryland, Dept of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, H. J. Patterson Hall, College Park, MD 20742-4452, and John M. Galbraith, Virginia Tech, Dept of Crop & Soil Env. Science, 239 Smyth Hall (0404), Blacksburg, VA 24061.

In an effort to standardize the study and identification of hydric soils in the Mid-Atlantic US, the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soil Committee was created in March of 1996. The committee is made up of representatives from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Maryland Department of the Environment; University of Maryland; University of Delaware; Virginia Polytechnic Institute; North Carolina State University, Department of Forestry; the National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils; and private consultants throughout the region. Members include soil scientists and wetland scientists who work together in an effort to pursue and identify important research needs and to establish a collection of information from which to better identify hydric soils in the field. "Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic United States" and “A Guide to Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic United States” are publications produced by the committee to help young soil scientists and wetland scientists gain a better understanding of hydric soils and their identification.

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