Soil Services in Washington
Soils information is central to NRCS conservation planning efforts. NRCS
field soil scientists are working together with federal, tribal, state,
university, and other partners to inventory and map Washington's soils as part
of the National Cooperative
Soil Survey. Washington's Technical Soil Services team provides assistance
with the interpretation and application of soil survey data.
The soil survey program in Washington state provides an orderly, on-the-ground, scientific inventory of the soil resource. The field soil scientists provide maps showing the
locations and extent of soils, data about physical and chemical properties of those soils. Information derived from this data about limitations and use on each kind of soil in sufficient detail meets all
reasonable needs for a variety of users of soil information.
This Washington Soils Atlas is designed to present information about
Washington State soils in an organized format to a nontechnical audience. The
intention is to assist readers understand the importance of soil. Soil is a
vital natural resource to residents of Washington because it serves numerous
functions that assist residents to live and to earn an income. It also produces
food and fiber for populations of the world.
This Soils Atlas is intended to be a dynamic document. There are continual
updates and additions.
Please check back often for most current materials.
Accessing Soil Survey Information
The official soils information is stored in digital format and is
accessible through the Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart.
Soil Survey - Explore seamless soils data. View, download, and print
custom maps, reports, and interpretations based on your area of
Soil Data Mart - Official spatial and tabular data for use in GIS
and database software is available through the Soil Data Mart.
Viewer - An extension to ESRI's ArcMap that enables a user to create
interpretive thematic maps using official soils data.
- The hydric soils for a particular soil survey area can be obtained by generating a Hydric Soil report at the Soil Data Mart. Be
sure to include minor components in your query.
Other Soil Survey Formats
Hard-copy soil survey reports provide a snapshot of the soils
information at the time of publication. This information becomes dated
over time, and those seeking the most current data should access the
official data from Web Soil Survey. For archival purposes, many
hard-copy reports have been scanned and are available on CD-ROM. A
complete list of the soil survey products and formats is available for
Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and
Washington. A nationwide list is available from the
List of Soil Surveys by State.
Contact the Technical Soil
Service provider in your area. Soil scientists
involved in technical soil services help users
understand soil surveys, apply soil information for
specific needs, gather site specific soil data, and
integrate soil survey information and data with
other resource data and technology.
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