Friday, March 7, 2008

2008 SWCS Annual Conference

The preliminary program with complete descriptions of conference plenary sessions, the list of oral and poster presentations and symposia, tours, workshops, and special events is online at

Conference highlights:
~ Dig It! The Secrets of Soil - a keynote presentation featuring a "Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Soils Exhibit Opening and the Traveling Tour" from the Smithsonian Institution and the Soil Science Society of America.

~ Illegal Immigration and the Conservation Consequences - a forum focused on the conservation issues in the border area of Mexico and the United States. The forum will feature speakers from the ranching, law enforcement, wildlife and government agency perspectives.

Educational content for the conference includes presentations in the following issue areas:
o Soil Resources and Management
- Soil Resource Assessment
- Soil Resource Management and Conservation
o Water Resources and Management
o Conservation in Urban Settings
o Adaptive Management of Conservation Efforts
o Conservation Education
o Conservation Tools and Technologies, and
o Conservation and Environmental Policy and Program Design.

Technical Workshops, Educational Tours & Networking Opportunities
There are eight tours, five workshops and dozens of opportunities – from the Networking/Social Night at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to the Regional Networking Roundtable Lunches and the Exhibitor/Poster Reception on Sunday night – to learn and make connections with attendees, exhibitors and speakers in a variety settings and sessions.

Be sure to register by June 16th because prices will increase as we get closer to the conference.

Contact the JW Marriott Starr Pass at 1-888-527-8989 to make hotel reservations or make your reservations online through the SWCS website. Be sure to reference the Soil and Water Conservation Society conference to receive the group rate.


Dewayne Johnson said...

2008 Annual Conference Message Board

Please use the comments section of the Conservation Blogger to connect with others attending the conference (to perhaps coordinate on arrival times, for transportation, to arrange dinners or meetings, recreation, etc.).

Please contact SWCS if we can be of assistance in any way.


Dewayne Johnson said...

Paul Kamps posted:
In preparation for the Pritchard Lecture featuring a panel presentation of Dig It! The Secrets of Soil exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, the presenters from the Smithsonian Institution invite you to submit any questions you have in advance. Please send your questions to Paul Kamps, SSSA Development Officer, at and he will make sure they're addressed during the presentation.