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RUSLE2 Erosion Prediction Technology


Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation

RUSLE2 is the NRCS approved technology for predicting rill and interrill soil erosion for conservation planning in Vermont.

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Vermont NRCS Bulletin Announcing RUSLE2 Use in Vermont  (PDF; 129 KB) 

VT Rock Cover Policy (PDF; 141 KB) 

RUSLE2 Detailed Information (PDF; 356 KB)

Differences Between RUSLE2 and Rusle1 (PDF Large File; 1.71 MB)

Working Views Within RUSLE2 (Profiles/Worksheets/Plans) (PDF; 239 KB)

Overview Of Soil Erosion (PDF Large File; 8.9 MB)

Slope Measurement Considerations (PDF;  797 KB)   This document is from Iowa NRCS

Overview Of SCI  Soil Conditioning Index (PDF; 94 KB)

Overview of STIR Soil Tillage Intensity Rating (PDF; 480 KB)

Download current RUSLE2 Software and Database Components National RUSLE2 site

This site contains the official NRCS version of RUSLE2.  It is the only version of RUSLE2 to be used for official purposes by NRCS field offices.  The NRCS developed and maintains the database components (climate, crop management, and soils files) on this site.  These components comprise the Official NRCS RUSLE2 Database.  The official NRCS RUSLE2 database is the only database to be used for official purposes by NRCS field office employees.  This site also provides a user guide and training materials.


Information About RUSLE2 Technology

RUSLE2 was developed primarily to guide conservation planning, inventory erosion rates and estimate sediment delivery.  Values computed by RUSLE2 are supported by accepted scientific knowledge and technical judgment, are consistent with sound principles of conservation planning, and result in good conservation plans.....


RUSLE2 Tutorial 

To quickly bring NRCS field office personnel (and others) up to speed with RUSLE2, a tutorial has been developed. It is designed to run on Windows 98 and later, using the Internet Explorer 5.0 browser or later. The tutorial combines photos, audio, and short video clips, and covers four areas: 1-Basic erosion processes, 2-How climate, environment, and management affect erosion, 3-Making a simple RUSLE2 erosion calculation, and 4-Comparing alternative management options in RUSLE2.

Last Modified: December 21, 2011