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Soil Standards

Technical Standards for Soil Assessment and Soil Survey Procedures

NRCS evaluates and maps soils according to the standards of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS).  A variety of documents on these standards and procedures and methods are available from the NRCS Soil Science Division Web Site.

National Soil Survey Handbook:


NH NRCS has also been a leader in developing standards for site specific mapping in New Hampshire and Vermont in association with the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England. These standards are based on NCSS standards.

The NH-VT Site Specific Soil Mapping Standards are available here for download.  (This document requires Adobe Acrobat):
Site Specific Soil Mapping Standards for New Hampshire and Vermont (202 KB)