The 2015 MAPSS/MAWS/MASE/SSSNNE Soils and Natural Resource Workshop will be held at Sebago Lake State Park in the town of Casco, Maine on September 9, 2015 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Checkin will be in the Park Headquarters on Park Access Road from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. You will be given a location map to sites you are to visit. Carpooling is recommended because of limited parking at some of the sites located beside the various access roads. Assistants will be present at each of the sites to point out the soil pits and other areas where you are to make observations (and determinations). You have from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm to visit the sites. After visiting the field sites, travel to Songo Beach for a 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm discussion of the sites and soils by state, local and federal regulators and experts. Lunch is on your own. There are a number of excellent places to enjoy your lunch including Songo Beach, the park boat launch and Songo Locks where you can watch boats being raised or lowered to go up or down river. The workshop has 7 sites which include sandy spodosol soils, flood plain soils, lacustrine sediments in pit and mound topography with an albic horizon, boulder fields in wet and upland areas, streams within the shoreland zone controlled by lake levels in Sebago Lake and vernal pools. Sebago Lake water levels are carefully controlled with a drawdown of over 5 feet making it difficult to determine where to begin measuring for shoreland zone setbacks. These are challenging sites that will generate a good deal of discussion. Experts as well as State, local, Portland Water District and Federal Regulators will be present to answer questions and provide valuable guidance for dealing with these difficult sites and soils. See attached workshop description for more details. The cost of the workshop is $35.00 for MAPSS/MAWS/MASE/SSSNNE members or associate members and $40.00 for all others. Please send your checks and registration form, p: ayable to MAPSS, to Gary Fullerton, 104 Mill Turn Road, Limington, Maine 04049-3141 Though registrations will be accepted the day of the workshop, for planning purposes, we ask that you register by August 25. Check www.mapss.org for background information and updates. If you have any questions about the workshop, call David Rocque at 287-2666 or send him an e-mail at email@example.com.