Utah NRI - NRCS
The 1997 National Resources Inventory (NRI) is the latest
in a series of inventories conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly the Soil Conservation
Service. It provides updated information on the status, condition, and trends of
land, soil, water, and related resources on the nation's non-Federal land. The
1997 NRI is unique in that it provides a nationally consistent database that was
constructed specifically to estimate 5-, 10- and 15-year trends for natural
resources from 1982 to 1997. The 1992 NRI was instrumental in providing data on
natural resources for the USDA publication,
Geography of Hope.
Data for the 1997 NRI were collected for more than 3600
locations in Utah by NRCS field personnel, resources inventory specialists, and
remote sensing data collectors throughout Utah and at the Inventory Collection
and Coordination Site in Reno, Nevada. The NRI was scientifically designed and
conducted and is based on recognized statistical sampling methods. NRI data are
statistically reliable for national, regional, state and substate analysis.
Generally, however, interpretations at the local level may be misleading.
As the key to interpreting the state of America's land,
NRI information will be used to formulate effective public policies, to fashion
agricultural and natural resources legislation, to develop state and national
conservation programs, and to allocate USDA financial and technical assistance
in addressing natural resource concerns.