Conference Announcement


North American Forest Soils Conference – International Symposium on Forest Soils: Soils-Forests Interactions in Changing Environments

The 13th North American Forest Soils Conference is being held jointly with the 9th International Symposium on Forest Soils in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of the Historic District of Old Québec City, Canada from June 10-16, 2018. The conference is sponsored by the SSSA, CSSS, IUSS and IUFRO.


We invite presentations on research using field trials, laboratory investigations, long-term monitoring experiments and ecosystem modelling studies that address the conference theme and sub-themes. If possible, presentations should include a statement of the forest management implications of the work. The conference sub-themes are intended to encourage submissions with broad representation of the various soils-forests regions of North America and internationally.


Thematic Sessions:

1. The role of forests and forest soils in climate change adaptation and mitigation

2. Fire effects on forest soils

3. Management practices, land-use change and soil-forest productivity

4. Technological advances in forest soils research

5. Forest soil monitoring networks and environmental change: successes and challenges

6. Societal change and forest soils: a balancing act


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Annual Awards

Robert J. Luxmoore Graduate Student Travel Award


To be considered for this award, current graduate student members of the Forest, Range and Wildland Soils division must have had an abstract accepted for presentation (oral or poster) at the annual meeting.



The application form (attached) must be accompanied by: (1) a copy of the accepted abstract, and (2) the candidate’s curriculum vitae.  Note that endorsement of your advisor is required on the application form. 


Completed application packets should be emailed to the current division Chair (  Applications must be received by September 15.  



Successful applicants will be notified by October 1.  Up to three awards will be made annually.  Awards will be presented at the business meeting of the Forest, Range and Wildland Soils division during the annual meeting.



S.A. Wilde Early Career Achievement Award


In further recognition of Dr. Wilde’s role as a mentor of developing soil scientists, the S.A. Wilde Early Career Achievement Award is established to recognize significant accomplishment in forest, range or wildland soil research by an individual up to seven years post completion of a terminal degree program.


To be considered for this award, members of SSSA meeting the early career criteria must be nominated by a member of the FRWS Division.  The award will consist of the honor of presenting an extended oral presentation (30 minutes) at the annual meeting and an honorarium of $2000 to support attendance at the meeting for the purpose of making the presentation.  


Please submit the following application materials to me ( as the current FRWS Chair:


1) a letter of nomination from a member of the FRWS Division addressing the significance of the candidate’s research accomplishments to date, 


2) an extended abstract of the proposed presentation (not to exceed one page), and


3) a copy of the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae.


Application materials are due May 1, with the award to be announced by May 9.





Current Officers & Committee Members -2018

Chair                           Chuck Rhoades

In-Coming Chair        Mike SanClements


Past Chair                   Jeff Hatten

Division Board Rep.   om Fox  

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