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Desert, city overlap explored in Phoenix

Conference tour tells story of desert resilience

October 4, 2016— Arizona is home to some of the continent’s oldest agricultural spaces, mixed with forbidding environmental features. The balance of urban, agricultural, and natural spaces has developed over thousands of years.

The “Urban Soils-the Desert/City Interface Phoenix” tour planned at the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will address this important topic. The symposium will be held Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 7:30AM – 4:30PM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America. Media are encouraged to attend – preregistration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required (see below).

This all-day tour in the Phoenix area explores soil and water relationships in the watersheds of this major metropolitan desert environment. Research from the Central Arizona―Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) project will be highlighted with urban soils, wetlands, and park open space in the focus. The CAP LTER program is one of 25 LTER sites funded by the National Science Foundation. Launched in 1997 along with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) as the first urban LTER sites, CAP LTER has been instrumental in establishing urban ecology as a recognized and important area of ecological inquiry.

Major stops include the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and Audubon Center, South Mountain Park, Tempe Town Lake, and the PHX Renews Community Gardens.

For more information about the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance 2016 meeting, visit Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required. Visit for registration information. For information about the “Urban Soils-the Desert/City Interface Phoenix” symposium, visit .

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091,  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 or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.