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.
Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system of conservation practices, including never-till, cover crops, advanced nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where appropriate. This approach results in healthy soil that reduces erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, manages the effects of flood and drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams, rivers and coastal waters.
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.