Mark S. McClain
NSCSS President
March 5, 2010
The mission of the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, Inc. is:

   To advance the discipline and practice of...
   Cooperation! We need to cooperate with
    other professionals.
   Professionalism! We need to promote our
    soil s...
   The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    with the Soil Science Society of America
    (SSSA)
   The Memorandum of Un...
Strengthening Professional Relationships:
    The MOU with SSSA
    The MOU with NRCS and the NCSS
    Other Profession...
   Many NSCSS members are also Wetland
    Scientists.
   It makes sense to cooperate more formally
    with SWS.
   I ...
   Most NSCSS members are involved with soil
    erosion and sediment control in some
    manner.
   It makes sense to c...
 Many NSCSS members are retired from SCS or
  NRCS.
 SWCS is one of the professional societies that they
  have been ali...
   Soil Profiles newsletter
     The Voice of the National Society of Consulting Soil
      Scientists, Inc.
     Print...
   Regular Features in Soil Profiles:
    President’s Message, Mark Your Calendar, New Members,
    and Mark Your Calenda...
   Executive Secretary, Executive Assistant,
    Administrative Assistant?
     Sue PaDelford (InterMountain Resources i...
   The Bylaws are very clear as to the need for
    committees as an integral part of our
    functioning as a Society. O...
   Standing Committees:
     Nominating Committee
     Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
     Professional Conduct
   Nominating Committee
   Pablo Scoles, Chair (term expires 2011)
   Philip Small (term expires 2011)
   Kevin Raley ...
 Professional Conduct Committee
 Vacant Chair
 Interact with the Board of Examiners
 RPSS evaluation
 Combine two Cod...
   Evaluation of the Registered Professional Soil
    Scientist (RPSS) program
     Is RPSS needed?
     Ethical practi...
   Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
   Pablo Scoles, Chair
   Jim Fincham
   Barrett Kays
   Bob Kendall
   Larry Ba...
   Technical Committee
   Jim Knuteson, Chair
   Technical Bulletins for Website
     Use of HCl in soil investigation...
   The Executive Committee will be updating
    and compiling all NSCSS Policies and
    Procedures. I am recommending th...
   Lorene Lynn, Chair
   Shari Meeks
   Alex Baldwin
   Paul Reynolds
   Rachel Stull
   Lexi Jones
   What is the ...
   What is the Internet Communications Committee?
   The purpose of this committee is to explore and
    implement effec...
   Hal Owen, Chair
   Steve Currie
   The purpose of this committee is to evaluate
    membership trends, increase memb...
   Vacant Chair
   The purpose of this committee is:
     To share our expertise and experience through formal
      an...
 Formalize the Policies, Procedures, and
  Process for the NSCSS Annual Meetings
 Hal Owen President-Elect and Chair
 P...
 Lisa Palazzi, Chair
 On-going soil science licensing efforts in:
  ▪   Washington (Lisa Palazzi)
  ▪   South Carolina (...
 Larry Baldwin, Chair
 Steve Currie
 Nan Gray
 Phil Small
 John Zupancic
 The Board will be making new
 appointments
 SSSA Liaison (Larry Baldwin)
 NRCS & NCSS Liaisons (Phil Small and
  Frank Watts)
 SWS Liaison (Vacant)
 IECA Liaison...
   Pierre Bordenave, Liaison
   This is an unprecedented representation from
    a private-sector soil scientist.
   Pi...
 Larry Baldwin,Chair
 Frank Watts
 David Ralston, Chair
 The purpose of the committee is to
 assemble historical information and
 photographs of NSCSS and...
   Strategic Plan Committee
       Develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan
 Atlanta, Georgia
 May or June 2010
 There have been 21 NSCSS Presidents to date, many of
  whom are burned out and hav...
   Pierre Bordenave :
     Council Soil Science Examiners (SSSA)
     U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (to 2013...
   Mark S. McClain
    Soil Scientist/Soil Classifier & Terrestrial/Wetland Ecologist
    CPSS/CPSC/CPESC/RPSS/PWS
    Li...
NSCSS: President's Vision For 2010
NSCSS: President's Vision For 2010
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NSCSS: President's Vision For 2010

  1. 1. Mark S. McClain NSCSS President March 5, 2010
  2. 2. The mission of the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, Inc. is:  To advance the discipline and practice of soil science by professionals,  To promote quality interaction between professional soil scientists and their communities,  To represent the diverse consulting, service and business interests of professional soil scientists,  To facilitate the exchange of business and soil science experiences within the Society, and  To foster professional and ethical conduct in the soil science discipline.
  3. 3.  Cooperation! We need to cooperate with other professionals.  Professionalism! We need to promote our soil science profession.  Ethical Practice is at the heart of who NSCSS is.
  4. 4.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)  The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USDA-NRCS and the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS)
  5. 5. Strengthening Professional Relationships:  The MOU with SSSA  The MOU with NRCS and the NCSS  Other Professional Societies What do we want to accomplish with these MOUs?
  6. 6.  Many NSCSS members are also Wetland Scientists.  It makes sense to cooperate more formally with SWS.  I am working with current SWS President, Andy Baldwin on an MOU.
  7. 7.  Most NSCSS members are involved with soil erosion and sediment control in some manner.  It makes sense to cooperate more formally with IECA.  I am working with current IECA President, Michael Chase on an MOU.
  8. 8.  Many NSCSS members are retired from SCS or NRCS.  SWCS is one of the professional societies that they have been aligned with.  It makes sense to cooperate more formally with SWCS because of our MOU with NRCS and the NCSS.  I am working with current SWCS President, Gary Steinhardt on an MOU.
  9. 9.  Soil Profiles newsletter  The Voice of the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, Inc.  Printing and Distribution by the Executive Committee  Questionnaire
  10. 10.  Regular Features in Soil Profiles: President’s Message, Mark Your Calendar, New Members, and Mark Your Calendar  Would you like to see these features again? Dr. Dirt, Dear Augie, NSCSS Book Corner, Cool Websites, Committees, Founders Corner, Dokuchaev Award, Editorials, Member Biography, In Passing (Obituary), and Classifieds
  11. 11.  Executive Secretary, Executive Assistant, Administrative Assistant?  Sue PaDelford (InterMountain Resources in Sandpoint, Idaho)  Virtual Office in Raleigh, North Carolina  Larry Baldwin and Phil Small are evaluating this.  Reduced cost and continuity
  12. 12.  The Bylaws are very clear as to the need for committees as an integral part of our functioning as a Society. One primary goal that I have as President is to function effectively with committees and to empower new people in leadership responsibilities.
  13. 13.  Standing Committees:  Nominating Committee  Bylaws and Resolutions Committee  Professional Conduct
  14. 14.  Nominating Committee  Pablo Scoles, Chair (term expires 2011)  Philip Small (term expires 2011)  Kevin Raley (term expires 2012)  Supposed to have six members as appointed by the Board (there are three vacancies)
  15. 15.  Professional Conduct Committee  Vacant Chair  Interact with the Board of Examiners  RPSS evaluation  Combine two Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct  Relationship with ARCPACS, CSSE, and State Licensed Soil Scientists
  16. 16.  Evaluation of the Registered Professional Soil Scientist (RPSS) program  Is RPSS needed?  Ethical practice, credentials, and recognition are essential.  What is its purpose?  What is it accomplishing?  Recommendation to combine two Codes of Ethics and Professional Conduct  Relationship with ARCPACS
  17. 17.  Bylaws and Resolutions Committee  Pablo Scoles, Chair  Jim Fincham  Barrett Kays  Bob Kendall  Larry Baldwin (new appointment)  Fine tune/edit the Bylaws  I have made suggestions for some changes.  Addition of Fellows, Chapters (modification)
  18. 18.  Technical Committee  Jim Knuteson, Chair  Technical Bulletins for Website  Use of HCl in soil investigations (draft)  Use of dipyridyl in soil investigations (draft)  Earth Colapse and Safety (draft)
  19. 19.  The Executive Committee will be updating and compiling all NSCSS Policies and Procedures. I am recommending that a PDF manual be posted on the website.
  20. 20.  Lorene Lynn, Chair  Shari Meeks  Alex Baldwin  Paul Reynolds  Rachel Stull  Lexi Jones  What is the Internet Communication Committee?
  21. 21.  What is the Internet Communications Committee?  The purpose of this committee is to explore and implement effective means of professional and social networking using the Internet.
  22. 22.  Hal Owen, Chair  Steve Currie  The purpose of this committee is to evaluate membership trends, increase membership, promote our profession at meetings and other venues.
  23. 23.  Vacant Chair  The purpose of this committee is:  To share our expertise and experience through formal and regular training.  To generate income for the Society.  To provide teaching opportunities for NSCSS members.  To provide learning opportunities for NSCSS members.
  24. 24.  Formalize the Policies, Procedures, and Process for the NSCSS Annual Meetings  Hal Owen President-Elect and Chair  Pierre Bordenave, Annual Meeting Coordinator
  25. 25.  Lisa Palazzi, Chair  On-going soil science licensing efforts in: ▪ Washington (Lisa Palazzi) ▪ South Carolina (Dennis DeFrancesco and Bob Eppinette) ▪ Virginia (Vacant) ▪ Florida (Oren Reedy, Scott Franz, and Frank Watts) ▪ Tennessee (Kevin Raley)
  26. 26.  Larry Baldwin, Chair  Steve Currie  Nan Gray  Phil Small  John Zupancic  The Board will be making new appointments
  27. 27.  SSSA Liaison (Larry Baldwin)  NRCS & NCSS Liaisons (Phil Small and Frank Watts)  SWS Liaison (Vacant)  IECA Liaison (Vacant)  SWCS Liaison (Phil Small and Frank Watts)
  28. 28.  Pierre Bordenave, Liaison  This is an unprecedented representation from a private-sector soil scientist.  Pierre’s term is until 2013.
  29. 29.  Larry Baldwin,Chair  Frank Watts
  30. 30.  David Ralston, Chair  The purpose of the committee is to assemble historical information and photographs of NSCSS and our members in action.
  31. 31.  Strategic Plan Committee  Develop a 5-Year Strategic Plan
  32. 32.  Atlanta, Georgia  May or June 2010  There have been 21 NSCSS Presidents to date, many of whom are burned out and have even left the Society.  How do we tap into the experience of these leaders?  It is time to get the leadership together for a voluntary summit and plan for the future of NSCSS!  The meeting plans are to meet near the ATL Airport.
  33. 33.  Pierre Bordenave :  Council Soil Science Examiners (SSSA)  U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (to 2013) (NAS)  Russell Losco: Editor, Soil Survey Horizons  Kevin Raley: Council of Soil Science Examiners (CSSE)  Oren Reedy: Standards and Ethics (SSSA), CPSS/SC (SSSA)  Philip Small: Liaison to United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations (USCSSA)
  34. 34.  Mark S. McClain Soil Scientist/Soil Classifier & Terrestrial/Wetland Ecologist CPSS/CPSC/CPESC/RPSS/PWS Licensed Soil Scientist in AL, IN, MN, MS, NC, and SC  SOILS1® Soil Science Experts  “A Soil Science Network™”  Litigation Consulting and Expert Witness Testimony  204 Hunters Ridge, Canton, GA 30114 Cell Phone: 765.212.7645(SOIL) ♦ E-mail: mmcclain1313@comcast.net ♦ Website: www.soils1.com  National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, Inc. (NSCSS)  www.nscss.org  President-Elect (2009)  President (2010)  Director-at-Large (2009-2011)  Editor of Soil Profiles   "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." --Aldo Leopold

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