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Soil Classification/Taxonomy

6 CEHs for Wetland and Soil Scientists, 1.5 CEUs for Surveyors
6 CEUs for Foresters

Approved by NEIWPCC, on behalf of MassDEP, for 6 TCHs for MA Title 5 Soil Evaluator renewal or activation. Auth. # T516-0024

Participants will receive up-to-date information and gain knowledge about classifying soils with a concentration on the glaciated soils of New England. The course will include classroom instruction and practice sessions, as well as classification of several pedons in the field.

If you are making soil maps and preparing related reports, or preparing to become certified soil scientist at any level, this course will be particularly valuable. "Soil Genesis” is suggested, although not required, as a prerequisite for new professionals in the field. Come dressed for field work. Class meets at Granite State College for 2-3 hours and then moves to Broken Ground Conservation Area for field work. (Students will be using the 12th edition of the "Keys to Soil Taxonomy” (2014), which incorporates all changes approved since the publication of the second edition in 1999. Order online at http://nrcspad.sc.egov.usda.gov/DistributionCenter/.)

Instructor Bios


Soil Classification/Taxonomy

  • Thomas Peragallo

    Thomas Peragallo is a Certified Soil Scientist and Wetland Scientist with 39 years’ experience, including 12 years with the NRCS, authoring the Soil Surveys of Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties Massachusetts, and 24 years as a private consultant. He has worked throughout New England and is currently employed with LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc., leading their New Hampshire office. Tom is a co-chair of the New England Hydric Soil Technical Committee and chairs the NH Board of Natural Scientists.

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