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Soil Surveys

Soil Survey and Resource Assessment

The North Dakota Soils Team 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 Soil Program includes the State Soil staff who provide soil survey products and technical assistance to local agency and conservation district field offices, other agencies, and landowners. The Major Land Resource Areas Soil Survey staff in North Dakota, which are part of Soil Survey Regions 10 (based out of St. Paul, MN) and 5 (based out of Salina, KS) provide quality assurance and technical guidance to a six-state area.

North Dakota Soils Program

Quality soil survey information

The North Dakota Soils Program provides quality soil survey information necessary for understanding, managing, conserving, and sustaining the nation's limited soil resources. Access Web Soil Survey, the single authoritative source of soil survey information, along with other soil survey links for related websites, soil quality information, and links to soil educational websites.

Soil Survey Regions

Soil Survey RegionsThe country is divided into 12 Soil Survey Regions serving the National Cooperative Soil Survey in the United States and its trust territories. These regional offices provide regional coordination, quality assurance, technical guidance and support, and technology transfer to state and project soil survey offices. North Dakota’s MLRA soil survey offices in Bismarck, Devils Lake, and Fargo are a part of Soil Survey Region 10, located in St. Paul, MN. The Dickinson MLRA soil survey office is a part of Soil Survey Region 5, located in Salina, KS.


National Resources Inventory

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

“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.”

- Charles E. Kellogg, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938