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MT-ECS-5 Instructions

Soil-Woodland Correlation Data Sheet (MT-ECS-5) Instructions

Location Data Line

  • Plot Number:
    • Site: enter number, one to three digits (1 to 999). This number is to be identical to the pedon number assigned by the Soil Scientist. Year, state, and county numbers must also agree.
    • Year: enter last two digits of the year.
    • State and County: enter FIPS numerical code. (same as timekeeping code numbers)
  • Cover Type: Enter SAF forest cover type number.
  • Major Land Resource Area (MLRA): Enter number and subdivision, if any
  • State Plane Coordinates or Section, Township, and Range: Either system may be used. If coordinates are used, round to show probable accuracy. If section, township, and range is used, enter in this fashion: 29 T14N R7W.
  • Elevation: Enter in whole feet, nearest 100 is close enough.

Physical Data Line

  • Precipitation: Enter in whole inches.
  • Landform: Enter code from following:
    SM - Swamps and marshes
    B - Basins, playas, lakebeds
    FP - Flood plains. bottoms
    ST Stream terraces
    F - Fans, alluvial, colluvial
    LP - Level and undulating uplands, plains, and plateaus
    RP - Rolling and hilly plains, plateaus, and uplands
    M - Mountains, steep hills, dissected plateaus
    SD Sand dunes, sand hills
    FL - Flatwoods (SE)
  • Slope
    • Percent: in whole numbers, use 99 for slopes over 99.
    • Kind: Enter the code "P" if slope is plane, single, or simple. Enter the code "I" if slope is irregular or complex.
    • Shape: leave blank if kind of slope was coded "P". Use one of the following codes if kind of slope was coded "I".
      • Concave horizontally
      • Concave vertically
      • Convex horizontally
      • Convex vertically
      • Concave
      • Convex
    • Microrelief: Enter code below, if applicable.
      C - Cradle knoll
      G - Gilgal
      F - Frost Polygons
      T - Tree mounds
      M - Mounded, such as "biscuit mounds"
    • Aspect: Enter in degrees of azimuth read clockwise from true north.
    • Approximate Length of Slope: Enter in feet.
  • Position on Slope: Enter code from below.
    L - Lower slope
    U - Upper slope
    M - Middle slope
    X - Non-influencing

Soil Data Line

  • Detailed Profile: Enter "Y" if complete and suitable description is available, "N" if not so.
  • Understory Information: Enter "Y" if detailed information has been taken, "N" if not so.
  • Mensurational Information: Enter "Y" if detailed information has been taken, "N" if not so.
  • Soil Series: Print the series name in full. If the series name is not known, use the series name which designates family thus: CORNING FAMILY.
  • Texture, Modifier: Enter code below if applicable.
    BY - Bouldery
    BYV - Very bouldery
    BYX - Extremely bouldery
    CB - Cobbly
    CBA - Angular cobbly
    CBV - Very cobbly
    CN - Channery
    CNV - Very Channery
    CR - Cherty
    CRC - Coarse cherty
    CRV - Very Cherty
    FL - Flaggy
    FLV - Very flaggy
    GR - Gravelly
    GRC - Coarse gravelly
    GRF - Fine gravelly
    GRV - Very Gravelly
    MK - Mucky
    PT - Peaty
    SH - Shaley
    SHV - Very shaley
    ST - Stony
    STV - Very stony
    STX - Extremely stony
    SY - Slaty
  • Texture, Type: Enter a code from below.
    S -Sand
    COS - Coarse sand
    FS - Fine sand
    VFS - Very fine sand
    LCOS - Loamy coarse sand
    LS - Loamy sand
    LFS - Loamy fine sand
    LVFS - Loamy very fine sand
    COSL - Coarse sandy loam
    SL - Sandy loam
    FSL - Fine sandy loam
    VSFL - Very fine sandy loam
    L - Loam
    SIL - Silt loam
    SI - Silt
    SCL - Sandy clay loam
    CL - Clay loam
    SICL - Silty clay loam
    SC - Sandy clay
    C - Clay
    SIC - Silty clay
    FB - Fibric material
    HM Hemic material
    MARL - Marl
    MPT - Mucky - peat
    MUCK - Muck
    PEAT - Peat
    CIND - Cinders
  • Past Erosion:
    • Past erosion moderate or less (classes 1 and 2).
    • Past erosion severe or greater (classes 3 and over).
  • Drainage Class:
    • Very poor
    • Poor
    • Somewhat poor
    • Moderately well
    • Well
    • Somewhat excess
    • Excessive
  • Altered Water Relations: Leave blank if no alteration. Code "W" if wetted. Dode "D" if drained.

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