Alabama State Soil
Adoption of the Alabama State Soil
The process that led to the adoption of the Bama soil series as Alabama's state soil began in 1996 with the Professional Soil Classifiers Association of Alabama. The association consisted of soil classifiers from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alabama A&M University, the Board of Registration for Professional Soil Classifiers, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and private soil consultants.
At their annual meeting, the organization adopted a Resolution to recommend the Bama soil series as Alabama's official soil.
The Professional Soil Classifiers Association of Alabama was joined by the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts to urge the legislation that would name the Bama series as the official soil of the State.
Their purpose was to call attention to one of Alabama's most valuable natural resources. They knew that the designation would be included on highway maps, in textbooks, and in other documents and it was hoped that this would increase awareness of the importance of soil in the environment.
On April 22, 1997, the Alabama State Legislature approved Senate Joint Resolution No. 107 designating the Bama soil series the official state soil of Alabama.
The Resolution was filed as Act No. 1997-233 on April 24, 1997.
Source: Alabama State Legislature, (http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html), Octyober 9, 2008.
Bama Soil: The Official State Soil of Alabama: by By Julie A. Best, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Auburn, AL.
Official Alabama Soil: Bama Soil Series: from the Alabama Department of History & Archives.
Official State Soils: Complete list of official state soils from NETSTATE.COM.
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