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.
The Caribbean Area is a model system to study how interactions between land use and environmental conditions affect soil carbon. Check out our YouTube videos of the Caribbean Area Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA): Puerto Rico, Part 1 and USVI.
MLRA Explorer — A new web-based mapping tool that provides the user with the ability to search by Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA) and Land Resource Areas (LLR) using a variety of geographic and attribute questions that create customized maps with narrative descriptions and photos. It also provides the user with the ability to print and/or export specific subsets of the USDA Agriculture Handbook 296.