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Technical Soil Services

Technical Soil Services Roles and Responsibilities

Technical Soil Services involve soil scientists helping people understand soils and soil survey information. Assistance can be in the form of:

  • Information Services - The distribution and explanation of soil survey information and products.
  • Technical Policy and Program Services - Providing soils information to support the policies and programs of other federal, state, or local agencies or units of government.
  • Planning Services - Providing soils information and interpretations to NRCS field office employees, Conservation District cooperators, and USDA program participants in the planning of resource conservation practices and resource management systems.
  • On-site Soils Investigations, Testing, Interpretations, and Evaluations - Services that support the design and installation of civil engineering works, structures, and agricultural practices, or to test and evaluate agriculture research predictions.
Technical Soil Services Staff at the State Office, Davis, CA
Contact Information Responsibilities
Sidney Davis
Assistant State Soil Scientist
Phone: (530) 792-5651
Sid.Davis@ca.usda.gov
 
  • Development and maintenance of soils information in the Field Office Technical Guide for NRCS field offices.
  • Training NRCS employees and technical staffs of other agencies or groups in the use of soil survey information.
  • Assisting with the development, testing, and verification of new soils interpretations.
  • Participating in public awareness programs involving the soil survey and its uses.
  • Serving as a member of interdisciplinary teams to address resource problems.
  • Collecting soil and site data on soil performance and behavior.


Area Resource Soil Scientists
Contact Information Address Telephone/Fax Numbers Email Address
Jim Komar
Area 1 Soil Scientist
Red Bluff Area Office
1345 Main Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: 530 527-2667, x106
FAX: 530 527 6836
James.Komar@ca.usda.gov
Kenneth J. Oster
Area 2 Soil Scientist
Templeton Service Center
65 Main Street
Suite 108
Templeton, CA 93465
Phone: 805 434-0396, x111
FAX: 805 434-0284
Ken.Oster@ca.usda.gov

Peter Fahnestock
Area 4 Soil Scientist

Victorville Service Center
Bear Valley Business Park
17330 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92392
Phone: 760 843-6882, x105
FAX: 760 843-9521
Peter.Fahnestock@ca.usda.gov