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Management of Soil Surveys by MLRA (NRCS-NEDC-000248)


This training is designed for NRCS and Cooperator soil scientists in the National Cooperative Soil Survey who are managing a MLRA (Major Land Resource Area) Soil Survey Office or providing quality control or quality assurance to these MLRA Soil Survey Offices. Participants, upon completion of this course, will be able to apply the methods used to initiate, develop, and effectively manage soil surveys by MLRA.



Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship of the technical team, management team, and board of directors that cover all MLRA Soil Survey Areas;
  2. Understand the management of projects, resources and data required for soil surveys by MLRA;
  3. Evaluate existing soil survey data according to NSSH guidelines in order to prepare a long range plan for the soil survey area;
  4. Rank and prioritize projects for the MLRA Soil Survey Area;
  5. Develop a long range plan, project plans, and an APO (Annual Plan of Operation or Business Plan) for management team approval;
  6. Conduct the soil survey according to the plans developed;
  7. Understand the processes for point data aggregation, map unit management, and data population for NASIS 6.0;
  8. Understand the potential uses of a transactional spatial database in a soil survey area update;
  9. Understand and follow the processes of certification, reporting, and delivery of soil survey products;
  10. Locate and utilize training information available to prepare a TNI (Training Needs Inventory) for the MLRA Soil Survey Office and an IDP (Individual Development Plan) for self and each office staff member; and
  11. Provide OJT (On Job Training) to MLRA soil survey office staff using methods accepted by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).



The course will be presented via DL (distance learning) using Adobe Connect Pro. Audio will be by teleconference or through the computer. Connection information will be provided to participants. No travel involved.  Course must be “attended” on an individual basis, one computer-one person.  Pre and post course testing for measurement of learning will be done through Aglearn or other web-based means. Instructions will be provided to participants.


Prerequisites and Recommendation

  • Basic Soil Survey – Field and Lab course – (NEDC-000012)
  • Soil Correlation course – (NEDC-000036)
  • Managing for Excellence course – (NEDC-000010)
  • A working knowledge of NASIS and ArcMap is required



4 days. (21 hours of contact time)

Target Audience

The target audience for FY12 is to be limited to and with the following priority:

  • Current and those selected to become MLRA Office Leaders
  • Soil Data Quality Specialists
  • Other State Office and MLRA Regional Office personnel involved in the management, quality control, and quality assurance activities for MLRA Soil Survey areas
  • GS-11 Soil Scientists with the potential to be a MLRA Soil Survey Office Leader within the next year or less.


NEDC Contact

Lisa Visokey

Technical Coordinator

Shawn McVey


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Management of Soil Surveys by MLRA (000248). A pilot plus three sessions are scheduled by time zone (pacific, east, central) so you must be aware of the start and end times for each in relation to where you are located before enrolling. Start times are 9:00 AM and most daily sessions run until approximately 4:00 PM in the designated time zone for that session. For example, a start and end time of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM pacific is 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM for those attending the pacific session from the east.
Enrollment is limited to 50 within each of the 3 sessions.