OSSS Winter Meeting: Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 1st at the beautiful Silver Falls Conference Center in Sublimity!

2/4 Winter Meeting Discount Update: We still have rooms available for the OSSS Winter Meeting, and we’re offering a discount on 2nd registrations. If you already have one full price registration ($275), you can choose the “No-Lodging” registration ($175) and get lodging. In other words, Friday and Saturday nights, 3 meals on Saturday, 2 meals on Sunday for a $100 discount. Registration closes when rooms are full so register today!
2/11 Winter Meeting Discount Update: We are almost sold out of rooms so registration will close soon!


Wanted: Images and phrases that inspire you!

Is there a soil mantra or image from a textbook that keeps your work, studies, or previous work in perspective? Please bring these images to the 2020 Winter Meeting! We want to see and hear from our members why you’ve stuck with soil and what motivates you. These mementos can surface as images in text books, GIFs, quotes from a colleague, teacher, mentor, or professor, paintings, search results, poems, margin sketches, calendar images, lyrics, 3D models, photos, or the rhythm of the rain!

Wanted: Lightning talks! 

Members with 5-10 minutes of information to share please contact OSSS President Sean (sean.rochette@gmail.com).


If You Don’t See It It Isn’t There: A Local/Forest Soils Perspective

featuring the geology, indigenous, and recreational history of the area

Draft Agenda:

     Friday February 28th, 2020 – Evening

Check in Starting after 3pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm Pub-lic talk at Silver Fall Brewery Ale House 207 Jersey St, Silverton, OR 97381 (19 min drive, open 11:30am – 10:00pm); Happy hour is 2-5pm

7:00pm+ meet & greet social in lodge


     Saturday February 29th, 2020 – All Day

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall

8:30am – 8:40am – Welcome and overview in Smith Creek Meeting Hall – Sean Rochette, OSSS President

8:40am – 9:40am – Geologic History of Silver Falls in Smith Creek Meeting Hall – Dr. Scott Burns

9:40am -9:50amBreak

9:50am – 10:15am – History of Silver Falls Park in Smith Creek Meeting Hall – Silver Falls Staff

10:20am -11:20am – Indigenous Soils and Land Use in Smith Creek Meeting Hall– Dr. David Lewis

11:20am -11:30am – Break

11:30am -12:00pm – O horizon/ Forest Soils/ Soil mapping update in Smith Creek Meeting Hall –David Rand/ Cory Owens

12:00pm – 1:00pm- Lunch in Big Leaf Dining Hall

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Networking and Research Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  • Networking group in Smith Creek Meeting Hall
  • Yoga for Soil Scientists (and other human beings) in Smith Creek Meeting Hall- Marissa Theve, OSSS Westside Director. Enjoy some movements to relieve and respect low back, shoulder, hip, and knee injuries. Whether you sit at a desk or hike steep slopes and dig pits, this class can offer stretches to feel good. Signed waiver required.
  • Guided networking hike option

2:00pm – 2:45pm –Poster Session in Smith Creek Meeting Hall

2:45pm – 3:45pm – Member Share: Lightning Talks in Smith Creek Meeting Hall – 5-10 min lightning talks from members and friends

  • Presentations welcome!

4:00pm – 5:30pm – Business meeting in Smith Creek Meeting Hall– Sean Rochette, OSSS President & Bruce Moffat, OSSS Incoming/ Vice President

5:30pm – 6:00pm Break

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner in Big Leaf Dining Hall, cash bar

7:00pm+ Social gathering in lodge

8:00pm- 9:37pm Leaning into the Wind showing in Smith Creek Meeting Hall


     Sunday March 1st, 2020 – Breakfast and Field Trip

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast in Big Leaf Dining Hall

9:00am – Gather at trailhead – Field Tour until around 1pm, lunch provided


Silver Falls Conference Center website

There are ten falls in the park, including six that are over 100 feet tall. Several of the falls have amphitheaters behind them that allow the hiker to walk behind the falls. The park also has a large conference center, horse corrals, and four miles of bicycle trails.

20022 Silver Falls HWY SE Sublimity, Oregon 97385



Pub Talk– Past President James Cassidy will be speaking on July 14th at Worthy Brewing in Bend.

OSSS Summer Tour– SAVE THE DATES: evening of August 11th through August 13th at the Newberry Volcano about 20 miles south of Bend!