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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, Public Relations Director, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org

Alaska’s climate, soils, highlighted at meeting

Degraded soils, fragile landscapes topic of movie and presentation

Media Invitation
Contact: Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org. Please RSVP by October 10, 2017.

Sept. 8, 2017— Alaska is the topic of two important presentations at this year’s Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

Media are invited to a showing of “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier.” This documentary beautifully illustrates the visible decay of one of Earth’s most important “carbon sinks.” According to David Weindorf, Texas Tech University, one of the documentary leaders, “the film examines climate change through the lens of its impacts to Native Alaskans, receding glaciers, coastal erosion, and Arctic soil.” More information about the movie can be found at www.betweenearthandskymovie.com. The showing is on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 PM. Media may register with the information found below. Weindorf is available for questions before or after the showing.

Lorene Lynn, a soil scientist in Alaska, has been working to help the Alaska landscape recover from infrastructure development. Her presentation is titled “Arctic Tundra Disturbance: Recovery on a Fragile Landscape.” She will describe her work rehabilitating tundra soils that have been disturbed from construction of roads, airstrips, drilling pads and pipelines. “With over 10,000 acres now under development,” says Lynn, “and more construction proposed, rehabilitation techniques are continually being developed to improve soil quality and plant establishment.” Lynn also participated in the filming of “Between Earth and Sky.”

For more information about the 2017 meeting, visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/. Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 10, 2017 is required. Visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/media for registration information. For information about the Lynn’s presentation, visit  https://scisoc.confex.com/crops/2017am/webprogram/Paper109321.html. For information about the showing of Between Earth and Sky, visit https://scisoc.confex.com/crops/2017am/webprogram/Session17274.html.

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org to arrange an interview. 

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.soils.org or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.