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The North Dakota Cooperative Soil Survey is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver scientifically based soil information. The North Dakota Cooperative Soil Survey, which is led by the NRCS State Soil staff, provides soil survey products and technology assistance to local agency and conservation district field offices, other agencies, and landowners, as well as quality soil survey information necessary for understanding, managing, conserving, and sustaining the nation's limited soil resources.




Published Soil Surveys for North DakotaMonolith Project

Web Soil Survey

Statewide Interpretation Maps

Great Plains Soil Survey Region 5

West Central Glaciated Soil Survey Region 10

NRCS Soils

World Soil Resources



Soil Health Quality - Soil quality, also referred to as soil health, is defined as how well soil does what we want it to do. Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes.

This site includes an overview of basic soil quality concepts, a soil quality glossary, and the online Soil Biology Primer. The site also features content focused on the role and benefits of soil organic matter, soil quality indicators and assessments, and soil quality management for major land uses. The publications section provides numerous fact and information sheets, NRCS technical notes, and posters for training and display.

The resources on this soil health section of our site are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health; and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.

Helpful Materials

Soil Health Fact Sheets

ND Rangeland Soil Health Fact Sheets

Soil Education

North Dakota State University Extension Service

Field Office Technical Guide Section II - Soil and Site Information: In this section you will find detailed information about soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. NRCS Soil Surveys, Hydric Soil Interpretations, Ecological Site Descriptions, Forage Suitability Groups, Cropland Productivity Indices, Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides, Water Quality Guides, and other related information can be here as it becomes available.

Soils Map PicResource Assessment

National Resources Inventory - A statistical survey of land use and natural resource conditions and trends on U.S. non-Federal lands.


Soil Contact

Wade Bott
State Soil Scientist
Phone: 701-530-2021