In this Issue:
- Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days
- SSSA Soil Ethics Course
- SWCS 2020-21 Annual Report
- Member Spotlight – Alison Milliman
- Upcoming Events
- Job Opportunities
1. Erosion & Sediment Control Fall Field Days
We’re hoping to host our Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days on Wednesday October 6th & Thursday October 7th, 2021. These days feature hands-on training for professionals working in soils, erosion control, water quality, public works, engineering, roads, planning, resource protection and consulting.
We’re carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the region and will make changes to our plans as necessary to keep our participants as safe and comfortable as possible. We’re considering making the event hybrid or completely virtual. Give us your input on which of these options you’d prefer by taking our 2-minute survey:
Learn more about the event: https://swcssnec.org/2021-esc-field-days/
2. Ethics for Soil Professionals: The Gray Areas
Join the Soil Science Society of America for a FREE soil ethics webinar!
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Time: 12pm-1pm EST
This event was organized in partnership with SWCS, specifically with our members in mind! The collaboration stemmed from a suggestion by an SNEC member. The Chapter worked with SWCS’s CEO and SSSA’s Director of Education to make it happen! The webinar is FREE and covers the following continuing education credits:
1.0 CEU in Ethics (CPSS/CPSC) or 1.0 CEU in Professional Development (CCA/CPAg)
Russell Losco, Geologist and Soil Scientist, Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.
In an increasingly complex world, soils professionals are being called upon to provide interpretations to land developers, property owners, regulators, and policymakers who are trying to solve difficult problems that have serious economic impacts. This puts soils professionals in the position of making determinations that affect not only their own clients, but the environment and public health. Conflicting motivations may encourage some parties to steer soils professionals to conclusions that could benefit one party over another. This webinar will look at several case studies where a soils professional is dealing with these uncertain boundaries and trying to navigate the “gray areas”.
Watch live or later – registration for the webinar includes access to the live webinar and a link to a recording of the webinar (valid for 30 days).
3. 2020-2021 SWCS Annual Report
The 2020-2021 SWCS Annual Report provides an overview of the past year’s efforts and activities to promote natural resource conservation and support conservation professionals.
Check out the Southern New England Chapter’s feature in the “Chapter Action” section on page 9! View the report.
4. August 2021 Member Spotlight – Alison Milliman
We’re focusing on one of our SNEC community members in each newsletter! Want to be featured? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. This month we’re featuring the newest addition to the SNEC Board of Directors!
Name: Alison Milliman
Occupation: Project Manager in Ecological Sciences Group, BSC Group
Position on SNEC Board: MA State Director
Number of years in SNEC: 1 year
Alma Mater: University of Rhode Island
Hometown: Griswold, CT
What made you want to join SNEC? I first became involved in the Chapter through attending SNEC events. I even presented at the Swamp Things Conference. I have been a member through my company’s corporate membership, but decided to join as an individual this year. I am excited to be a new Board member and to work with the SNEC team on upcoming events and member outreach.
How do you define success? Being happy with yourself and what you do.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date? Overcoming my fear of public speaking. I still get nervous, but it’s improved a lot and now I can get through it without a complete brain lock-out.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know? I love to read science fiction and historical fiction. I still love paperback books and buy them from an online thrift book store.
What advice would you give to someone just starting a career in conservation? Be true to yourself and your interests. The first job may not be the right one, so keep an open mind and network with other young professionals in your field of interest.
How has being a SNEC member influenced your career? I have consistently attended many SNEC conferences and field days and have found them to be fun and educational. They are a great opportunity to network with colleagues and meet new people in conservation. Also, the professional credits are beneficial for maintaining my Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), so it’s a win-win!
5. Upcoming Events
Friends of Herring River
Free guided walk:
Searching for signs of terrapin nesting in the Herring River Estuary
September 9 @ 10am
Meet up with Barbara Brennessel for a walk along the Gut searching for signs of terrapin nesting. These include depredated nests, egg shards, terrapin tracks and emergence holes. You may even find baby turtles! Participants will help to record the GPS coordinates of each nest so that these locations can be mapped and compared to nesting patterns in previous years.
2021 Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Conference
Monday, October 4th, 2021, 9am – Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, 5pm EDT
Who Should Attend?
Coastal managers, environmental organizations, town officials, staff, conservation commissions, planning boards, and anyone interested in learning more about the coast. The conference is FREE.
6. Job Opportunities
Agriculture and Soil Health Resource Technician
The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD) is an environmental non-profit organization serving 34 municipalities in Northwest Connecticut since 1953.
NWCD is seeking a qualified person to conduct outreach to the farming community in cooperation with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is hiring for following three remote positions:
Applications are due August 27, 2021
Join our team!