| Goal and Objectives
To promote communications and visibility of state professional soil scientists societies / associations and similar societies / associations in the United States on common soil survey issues including soil interpretations, acquisitions, applications of soil survey data, and outreach to general public and elected decision makers in wise use of science-based soil survey information for protection and management of the nation's soil resources.
- Enhance Communications and Networking among Societies/Associations
- Develop and maintain a national web site.
- Provide a listing of the current official contacts for each Society/Association.
- Provide a description/briefing on current state society / association activities.
- Maintain the addresses (both US mail and electronic) of all consortium membership.
- Develop a web link to periodical newsletters prepared by the consortium membership.
- Promote exchange of ideas and networking among colleges, universities, federal-state- local units of government, non-government organizations and the private sector.
- Outreach to General Public and Decision Makers
- Prepare a National brochure on the names, membership and goals of state soil scientists societies / associations and similar societies / associations.
- Develop and make available a listing of societies / associations in which the membership is certified by the State and/or ARCPACS.
- Develop and make available a reference of library-type information on the process and historical experiences in getting state certification.
- General information on the official soil for each state.
- Encourage each professional soil scientists society / association to identify and develop liaison with elected local, state and federal officials and legislators.
- Engage in public policy development related to land use and environmental issues.
- Technical Issues - Policy, Application, Operations and Science
- Provide access to and recommendations on the use of soils information for land use and environmental activities. Examples of such activities are site assessment, urban soil interpretations, wetland management, land evaluation, and precision farming.
- References on kinds of existing and planned federal, state, and local regulations on use of soil information in resource assessments.
- Listing of Available Training and Workshops
- Reference source of training available by the Society, consulting or private, federal agencies and university for personal development and credits for CEU (Continuing Education Unit) in ARCPACS.
- Use of Consortium web site as a vehicle to share training lesson plans, visual aids, demonstrations, etc.
- Develop a speakers bureau that will serve as a resource to the public and private sectors on the interpretation and use of soils information.
- Fostering development and providing training, e.g., symposia and workshops specifically designed for accreditation maintenance.
- Contact list of potential soil scientists available for contracting or working with the general public, local government, state government and federal agencies on individual, or long term project type Soil consulting services.
- Maintain a web-site contact for those interested soil scientists to have their address and professional references listed that would be available to private industry, state and local units of government and federal agencies as a potential source of contact for soil survey services.
- Professional Recognition
- Each year the Consortium will recognize: 1) an outstanding state professional soil society / association from its membership and 2) an individual outstanding soil scientist for their contribution of soil survey information to the public and the consortium
- Foster professional pride and sprit.
- Promote certification, registration and licensing, which are essential to raising the visibility and credibility of all soil scientists.