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Get email updates on USDA-NRCS Caribbean Area Soils via Gov Delivery!The Caribbean Area, comprised of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) program. The National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) is a nationwide partnership of federal, regional, state, and local agencies and institutions. This partnership works together to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify, and interpret soils and to disseminate, publish, and promote the use of information about the soils of the United States and its trust territories. The activities of the NCSS are carried out on national, regional, and state levels.

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Caribbean Area Soils Information

Caribbean Area Soils Publications by Area (the most up-to-date data can always be found on the Web Soil Survey):

  Highly Erodible Lands (HEL) Lists Hydric Soils Lists Prime & Other Important Farmlands Lists
Arecibo HEL Arecibo Arecibo Hydric Soils (PDF, 131 KB) Arecibo Farmlands (PDF, 126 KB)
El Yunque (included with Humacao HEL) El Yunque Hydric Soils (PDF, 114 KB) El Yunque Farmlands (PDF, 117 KB)
Humacao HEL Humacao Humacao Hydric Soils (PDF, 144 KB) Humacao Farmlands (PDF, 128 KB)
Mayaguez HEL Mayagüez Mayaguez Hydric Soils (PDF, 131 KB) Mayaguez Farmlands (PDF, 127 KB)
Ponce HEL Ponce Ponce Hydric Soils (PDF, 115 KB) Ponce Farmlands (PDF, 122 KB)
San German HEL Lajas San German Hydric Soils (PDF, 292 KB) San German Farmlands (PDF, 144 KB)
San Juan HEL San Juan San Juan Hydric Soils (PDF, 153 KB) San Juan Farmlands (PDF, 137 KB)
U.S. Virgin Islands HEL USVI USVI Hydric Soils (PDF, 265 KB) USVI Farmlands (PDF, 135 KB)

Other Soils Data & Links


Carmen L. Santiago, State Soil Scientist, 787-766-5206 x. 127


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