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The National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists
(NSCSS), was integrated into the Soil Science Society of America as of August, 2011. NSCSS was a scientific and professional society
of soil scientists, principally in the U.S. but with non-U.S. members as well. Members engaged primarily in environmental
consulting, but consulting was not a requirement of membership, and the member body included
soil science educators as well as government soil scientists. Society consulting soil scientists provided
professional services in the form of agricultural and environmental consulting with respect
to using soil as a natural resource, especially as it relates to nutrient management, waste
management, septic systems, wetlands, erosion, slope stability, land use planning, and land
The mission of the Society was: “1) To advance the discipline and practice of soil science
by professionals, 2) To promote quality interaction between professional soil scientists and their
communities, 3) To represent the diverse consulting, service and business interests of professional
soil scientists, 4) To facilitate the exchange of business and soil science experiences within
the Society, and 5) To foster professional and ethical conduct in the soil science discipline.”==Professional Certification and Registration
==The Society provided relevant professional
certification and registration with particular emphasis on professional ethics. The NSCSS awarded the Registered Professional
Soil Scientist (RPSS) designation in the United States.==Integration with the Soil Science Society
of America==As of August 2011, the NSCSS is a fully integrated
part of the Soil Science Society of America. At the May 21-24, 2011 NSCSS Annual Meeting
in Asheville, North Carolina, it was recommended that NSCSS integrate into SSSA to unite and
expand the soil science community and form a new Consulting Soil Scientists Division
within SSSA. These discussions led to the proposal that
was presented to the NSCSS Board of Directors that NSCSS integrate into SSSA and form the
new Division with SSSA. After further NSCSS/SSSA discussions regarding
the merger, on July 21, 2011, the Board of Directors of the SSSA unanimously voted to
create a new Division – S12, for Consulting Soil Scientists (CSS). On July 29, 2011, the NSCSS Board of Directors
voted to recommend to the membership that we integrate our corporation and programs
into SSSA. In August, NSCSS members were given the opportunity
to approve the merger by voting – the results were
overwhelmingly (95%) in favor of integrating NSCSS into SSSA.” They cited being included under SSSA’s corporate
umbrella (alleviating financial and administrative demands) and the communications network of
the SSSA’s Science Policy Office in Washington D.C. as major advantages leading to the choice
to integrate.==Affiliations==
The NSCSS was approved as a Chapter of the Soil Science Society of America in 1996. NSCSS achieved Cooperator status with the
National Cooperative Soil Survey in 1997, of which it is now a permanent member. NSCSS is a charter member of the US Consortium
of Soil Science Associations (USCSSA) and member of the USCSSA governing council. It is a member of the International Union
of Soil Sciences, a union of 86 national and regional soil science societies.==See also==
List of geoscience organizations List of state soil science associations==Notes====External links==
National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists Website
SSSA Division S-12 Consulting Soil Scientists

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