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West Virginia Soil Surveys

Web Soil Survey (WSS). The most update information is available on the Web Soil Survey site.

Digital soils. Digital soil layers and associated data may be obtained from the  Soil Data Mart (download only) or the Geospatial Data Gateway (download, CD-ROM, or DVD).  See the Soil Survey Geographic (SSURGO) Database website for more information on digital soils. (Digital soils are also available through the Web Soil Survey.)

Bound, hard copy soil surveys, are no longer available to the public since Web Soil Survey is the official source of Soil Survey Information.

PDF format. Several county soil survey publications, including reports and detailed maps, are available in PDF format (see table below). Adobe Acrobat is required to view PDF documents.  (To link to the PDF file through the Web Soil Survey, select  "Archived Soil Surveys" in the left column of the WSS home page, or select the "Archived Soil Surveys" tab at the top of the WSS Area of Interest (AOI) page. Then select West Virginia and a county.) The PDF files contain information that was current as of the publication date and are available for reference; the text, tables, and soil maps may have been updated since publication. The most up-to-date information is available on the Web Soil Survey. A CD of any of these PDF files may be requested from this office. To request a PDF file CD, send an e-mail with the words “PDF file CD Request” in the subject line to Bob Dobos, State Soil Scientist. Include the name of the county you are requesting, your name, and a mailing address.

SoilView 2.7 CDs.  Many soil surveys are available in SoilView 2.7 CD format. SoilView 2.7 is a method of viewing information traditionally published in a hard copy soil survey. SoilView allows the user to look at data layers including soils, roads, and streams over an aerial photograph or topographic map background and link to soil map unit descriptions and various soil properties and interpretations. SoilView is a runtime version of the ESRI GIS software ArcView, and is a product of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. To request a SoilView CD, check availability in the table below and send an e-mail with the words “SoilView CD Request” in the subject line to Bob Dobos, State Soil Scientist. Include the name of the county you are requesting, your name, and a mailing address.

Status of West Virginia Soil Survey Reports
County Responsible Service Center Phone Status of Published Survey (bound, hard copy) PDF File (Requires Adobe Acrobat) Status of Soilview 2.7 CD
Barbour Philippi 304-457-4516 Available - -
Berkeley Martinsburg 304-263-7547 Available - Available
Boone Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - Available
Braxton Gassaway 304-364-5103 Available - Available
Brooke McMechen 304-242-0576 Available - -
Cabell Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - Available
Calhoun Spencer 304-927-1022 Available - Available
Clay Gassaway 304-364-5103 Available - Available
Doddridge Mt. Clare 304-624-9232 Available - Available
Fayette Beckley 304-255-9225 Available - -
Gilmer Glenville 304-462-7177 Available - Available
Grant Petersburg 304-257-4702 Available - Available
Greenbrier Lewisburg 304-645-6172 Available - Available
Hampshire Romney 304-822-3020 Available - Available
Hancock McMechen 304-242-0576 Available - -
Hardy Moorefield 304-530-2825 Available - Available
Harrison Mt. Clare 304-624-9232 Available - -
Jackson Ripley 304-372-6231 Available - -
Jefferson Ranson 304-725-3471 Available Jefferson County, WV (12,509 KB)
 
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Kanawha Cross Lanes 304-776-5256 Available - Available
Lewis Weston 304-269-8431 Available - Available
Lincoln Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - -
Logan Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - -
Marion White Hall 304-363-8861 Available - Available
Marshall McMechen 304-242-0576 Out of print - -
Mason Point Pleasant 304-675-2020 Available - -
McDowell Princeton 304-487-1404 Available - Available
Mercer Princeton 304-487-1404 Available - -
Mineral Keyser 304-788-2332 Available - Available
Mingo Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - -
Monongalia Morgantown 304-291-4377 Available - Available
Monroe Union 304-772-3006 Available - -
Morgan Martinsburg 304-263-7547 Available - Available
Nicholas Summersville 304-872-1731 Available - Available
Ohio McMechen 304-242-0576 Available - -
Pendleton Franklin 304-358-2285 Available - Available
Pleasants Middlebourne 304-758-2173 Available - Available
Pocahontas Buckeye 304-799-4317 Available - Available
Preston Kingwood 304-329-1923 Out of print Preston County, WV (192,273 KB) -
Putnam Point Pleasant   304-675-2020 Available - Available
Raleigh Beckley 304-255-9225 Available - -
Randolph Elkins 304-636-6703 Available NRCS Soils (Main Part)Tucker and Northern Randolph Counties, WV (84,735 KB) -
Ritchie Parkersburg 304-422-9072 Available - Available
Roane Spencer 304-927-1023 Available - Available
Summers Princeton 304-487-1404 Available - -
Taylor Philippi 304-363-8861 Available - -
Tucker Elkins 304-636-6703 Out of print Tucker and Northern Randolph Counties, WV (84,735 KB) -
Tyler Middlebourne 304-758-2173 Available - Available
Upshur Elkins 304-269-8431 Available Upshur County, WV (81,825 KB) Available  
Wayne Huntington 304-697-6033 Available - Available
Webster Summersville 304-872-1731 Available - Available
Wetzel Middlebourne 304-758-2173 Available - Available
Wirt Parkersburg 304-422-9072 Available - -
Wood Parkersburg 304-422-9072 Available - -
Wyoming Beckley 304-255-9225 Available - Available

Report problems or suggestions to  State Soil Scientist Bob Dobos, Morgantown, West Virginia, NRCS.