SOLO was conceived, designed and created by:

Thomas M. Rice, Computer Specialist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station Forestry Sciences Lab, Moscow, ID,

and Martin F. Jurgensen, Professor of Soil Science at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.

The development of SOLO is a cooperative effort between Forest Service personnel from Region One and its National Forests, and at the Rocky Mountain Research Station Forestry Sciences Lab in Moscow, Idaho. Much time and effort has been invested in building a product that Region One soil scientists and others will want to use to gain relief from the restrictions on management capabilities created by government downsizing and budgetary uncertainty.

In that spirit, the end-users of the software are being included in its design stage. SOLO's success will involve cooperation and input from Forest Service soil scientists and ecologists from throughout the Region, including:

  • Debbie Page-Dumroese, Moscow Forestry Sciences Lab
  • Skip Barndt, Lolo National Forest
  • Gary Ford and Jerry Niehoff, Idaho Panhandle National Forest
  • John Nesser, Region One Regional Office
  • Ken McBride, Bitterroot National Forest
  • Lou Kuennen, Kootenai National Forest
  • Bill Basko and Dean Sirucek, Flathead National Forest
  • Jim Mital, Clearwater National Forest
  • Pat Green, Nez Perce National Forest
  • Annie Greene and Dan Svoboda, Beaverhead National Forest
  • Dave Ruppert and John Hamann, Deerlodge National Forest
  • Larry Laing, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest
  • Henry Shovic, Gallatin National Forest
  • John Lane, Custer National Forest

and Cathy Maynard, GIS coordinator, NRCS; personnel from the Montana State Library NRIS project; and Linda Hardesty, range scientist, Washington State University.