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USDA Launches Soil Survey Web Site 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a Web site that will
provide -- for no charge -- secure public access to the national soils
information system. This site is a simple yet powerful way to access and
analyze soils data that contributes to every aspect of public and private
land use and development, USDA officials said.

"Soil surveys are the foundation for land conservation activities as well as
private and commercial land development," said Agriculture Secretary Mike
Johanns. "Soil survey maps help to enable agricultural producers,
conservationists, engineering firms, county and city planners, and others to
make informed decisions concerning land use. Posting soil survey information
on the internet is one more step in our effort to make information more
accessible to the citizens we serve."

Soil surveys began in 1899 as part of the nation's earliest efforts on
behalf of cooperative conservation. Known as the National Cooperative Soil
Survey, it has evolved into a partnership of state and federal agencies
working together to collect, classify, interpret and provide soils
information.

"As a landowner and farmer, I never bought a piece of land unless I
consulted a soil survey map," said Bruce Knight, Chief of USDA's Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "This simple but critical step is
often the difference between profit and loss when it comes to land use and
conservation activities and I am very pleased to deliver internet access to
the public."

The Web site has been designed with three easy to use features-Define, View
and Explore and operates much like internet sites that provide locator and
directional information. When viewers visit the web soil survey, they are
asked to "Define" a geographic area of interest by selecting a state and
county or just by highlighting an area or areas. Once a location has been
defined and projected on the screen, the viewer has the choice to print the
map and related information, save it to their hard drive or download the
data for use in a geographic information system (GIS).

The viewer also can "Explore" the designated location for specific soils
data giving the viewer important information on soil suitability in
relationship to usage. This flexibility provides the viewer an opportunity
to build a customized report that addresses the viewer's individual needs.
Information can be delivered in a variety of formats to include print, CD,
DVD or other media.

Prior to the Aug. 16 launch all soil survey maps were printed and bound into
soil survey books that were free to the public at local USDA Service
Centers, NRCS field offices and public libraries. The once familiar soil
survey publications will be phased out slowly and the federal government's
initiative of electronic government information (eGov) will replace the
printed publications through the use of this site.

Currently, NRCS has soils maps and data available online for more than 95
percent of the nation's counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the
near future. The site will be updated and maintained online as the single
authoritative source of soil survey information.

To view the Web site go to http://soils.usda.gov/survey.

 

______________________________________

Brian Rosenfeld

GIS/GPS Mapping Specialist

LandMark Systems

316 Williams St.

Tallahassee, FL 32303

(850)385-3667 ext. 106 - Office

(850)385-3811 - Fax

Email: brosenfeld@landmarksystems.org

Website: http://www.landmarksystems.org/

 

 


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font-family:Arial'>Thought people would find this interesting and =
helpful<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p><b><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:
12.0pt;font-weight:bold'>USDA Launches Soil Survey Web =
Site</span></font></b> <o:p></o:p></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>The
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a Web site that will =
provide
-- for no charge -- secure public access to the national soils =
information
system. This site is a simple yet powerful way to access and analyze =
soils data
that contributes to every aspect of public and private land use and =
development,
USDA officials said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>&quot;Soil
surveys are the foundation for land conservation activities as well as =
private
and commercial land development,&quot; said Agriculture Secretary Mike =
Johanns.
&quot;Soil survey maps help to enable agricultural producers, =
conservationists,
engineering firms, county and city planners, and others to make informed
decisions concerning land use. Posting soil survey information on the =
internet
is one more step in our effort to make information more accessible to =
the
citizens we serve.&quot;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Soil
surveys began in 1899 as part of the nation's earliest efforts on behalf =
of
cooperative conservation. Known as the National Cooperative Soil Survey, =
it has
evolved into a partnership of state and federal agencies working =
together to collect,
classify, interpret and provide soils =
information.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>&quot;As
a landowner and farmer, I never bought a piece of land unless I =
consulted a
soil survey map,&quot; said Bruce Knight, Chief of USDA's Natural =
Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS). &quot;This simple but critical step is =
often the
difference between profit and loss when it comes to land use and =
conservation
activities and I am very pleased to deliver internet access to the
public.&quot;<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>The
Web site has been designed with three easy to use features-Define, View =
and
Explore and operates much like internet sites that provide locator and
directional information. When viewers visit the web soil survey, they =
are asked
to &quot;Define&quot; a geographic area of interest by selecting a state =
and
county or just by highlighting an area or areas. Once a location has =
been
defined and projected on the screen, the viewer has the choice to print =
the map
and related information, save it to their hard drive or download the =
data for
use in a geographic information system =
(GIS).<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>The
viewer also can &quot;Explore&quot; the designated location for specific =
soils
data giving the viewer important information on soil suitability in
relationship to usage. This flexibility provides the viewer an =
opportunity to
build a customized report that addresses the viewer's individual needs.
Information can be delivered in a variety of formats to include print, =
CD, DVD
or other media.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Prior
to the Aug. 16 launch all soil survey maps were printed and bound into =
soil
survey books that were free to the public at local <st1:place =
w:st=3D"on"><st1:PlaceName
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w:st=3D"on">Service</st1:PlaceName>
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field
offices and public libraries. The once familiar soil survey publications =
will
be phased out slowly and the federal government's initiative of =
electronic
government information (eGov) will replace the printed publications =
through the
use of this site.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>Currently,
NRCS has soils maps and data available online for more than 95 percent =
of the
nation's counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. =
The
site will be updated and maintained online as the single authoritative =
source
of soil survey information.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times New Roman"><span =
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>To
view the Web site go to <a href=3D"http://soils.usda.gov/survey" =
target=3DNEW>http://soils.usda.gov/survey</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></font></=
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