Soil scientists are soil stewards who:
- analyze the physical, biological, and chemical properties of soil
- design sustainable soil management action plans
- develop environmental impact statements for multidisciplinary management projects
- implement son conservation, irrigation, and drainage measures
- evaluate soil capabilities and limitations.
- In the State of Oregon, a non-profit organization known as the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists represents soil science professionals.
The Oregon Society of Soil Scientists strives to:
- advance the knowledge of soil science
- promote public awareness of the soil resource and OSSS services
- promote high standards of professional development continuous learning, and quality service
- encourage member certification in ARCPACS (American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils.
OSSS members provide a wide variety of services:
- on-site evaluations
- soil fertility appraisal
- project siting
- on-site waste disposal
- resource inventories
- land, water, and vegetation surveys
- soil erosion, compaction and degradation
- land use surveys
- irrigation, drainage and reclamation
- watershed and riparian area protection
- regional, county, municipal plans
- research, education and training
- soil-plant-water relationships
- soil analysis and testing
- soil chemistry, physics, ecology
MEMBERSHIP and ACTIVITIES
The Oregon Society of Soil Scientists offers membership to soil scientists and related natural resource professionals committed to stewardship of soil resources.
Soil scientists work in business and industry, government agencies, universities, agricultural and forestry extension, and as private consultants. In Oregon, soil scientists work in many types of organizations, including:
- State Departments of Minerals and Industries, Forestry, Water Resources, Environmental Quality, and Economic Development
- US Bureau of Land Management
- Universities and other OSSHE Institutions
- US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Native American Tribes, Bands, and Nations
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- OSU Agricultural and Forestry Extension
- US Soil Conservation Service
- Businesses and independent consultants involved in agriculture, forestry, waste utilization, microbiology, surveying and mapping, land information systems, horticulture, specialty crops, land use planning, hydrology, environmental training, ecological engineering, riparian areas wetlands, arboriculture, and remote sensing.
- The Society encourages individuals and organizations to join and actively participate in the conservation and management of the soil resource, our most precious life support system.