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Soils

This area of the NRCS New York Technical Resources Web site provides information related to soils.

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Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA NRCS and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.

Web Soil Survey Brochure (PDF; 2.2 MB)

Information Resources

New York Soils
Hydrologic Soil Groups
USDA NRCS Soils Web site

A Little Bit of History

Universal Soil Loss Equation

The Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) has long been the tool of the Natural Resource Conservation Service to predict soil erosion due to water. Since it's creation, the USLE has played a critical role in NRCS's conservation planning process.

USLE History starts by taking you back to the early 1900s when Hugh Hammond Bennett, a soil surveyor for the USDA Bureau of Soils, saw the problems we faced with soil erosion and became this nation's advocate for soil conservation and soil erosion research.

NRCS raindrop and land logoThe NRCS New York Photo Gallery contains historic photos as well as other interesting topics.