Upcoming Soils Tour
2022 Alberta Soils Tour

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Update on Alberta Soils Tour

The next Alberta Soils Tour will be associated with the 2022 joint Conference of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) and Alberta Soil Science Workshop (ASSW). The dates for this event were postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Conference is now scheduled for May 24th to 27th, 2022 in Edmonton, AB. Please visit the CSSS website for updates on the joint CSSS/ASSW conference (https://csss.ca/meetings/).

There will be two field tours offered in conjunction with the CSSS/ASSW Conference:

  •  •  Inter-Conference Tour: 1-day bus tour in Edmonton region showcasing Chernozems and Luvisols scheduled for May 26th, 2022,
  •  •  Post-Conference Tour: 3-day bus tour through the Parkland, Foothills and Rockies that will start and end in Edmonton. Planned dates are May 28th to 30th, 2022.

The Alberta Soils Tour and the Alberta Soil Science Workshop (ASSW) were born the same year – in 1962 – under the umbrella of the Alberta Advisory Fertilizer Committee. In 2016, the Alberta Soils Tour was integrated with the ASSW; with the Soils Tour Sub-Committee of the ASSW responsible for organizing the Tour every two years.

Since assuming responsibility, the Soils Tour Sub-Committee has organized two successful tours: the 2017 Tour in the Oil Sands Region and the 2019 Tour in Central Alberta. With over one hundred people on-board, the 2019 tour was the largest Alberta Soils Tour in history!

We are currently planning for the two 2022 Tours, which offers an exciting opportunity for the ASSW! As noted above, the annual conference of the Canadian Society of Soil Science is to be held jointly with the ASSW in Edmonton from May 24th to 27th, 2022. As such, the Soils Tour Sub-Committee was approached to organize an inter-conference and post-conference tour at the national level. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase not only our soils and landscapes, but also our scientific expertise!

The Alberta Soils Tour is typically a two- or three-day field trip hosted biannually. Organization of the Alberta Soils Tour is a significant undertaking, requiring preparation, planning, scouting of locations and arrangements for logistics and post-tour presentations. The current activities of the Soils Tour Sub-Committee include:

  •  • Reconnaissance trips to select 2022 Tour sites (July to October 2021), and
  •  • Recruitment of potential volunteers to join the Soils Tour Sub-Committee and the 2022 Tours team.

Please contact the organizers of the 2022 Alberta Soils Tours if you have any questions or would like to volunteer for the coming tours:

At the ASSW, we believe that the Alberta Soils Tour is an important component promoting soil science in Alberta and future education of environmental professionals. It is also a great opportunity for networking and professional development. We are looking forward to organizing Alberta Soils Tours through the years to come for the benefits of soil science and professionals in Alberta.