The monitoring and improvement of our nation’s soil and soil health is a monumental task. It requires collaboration among federal, state and local institutions, organization’s and entities. This official collaboration is referred to as the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). NRCS is one of the many partners that make up the NCSS, and through their cooperative efforts, the partnership works together to investigate, inventory, document, classify, interpret, disseminate, and publish information about soils within the United States, its territories and commonwealths. NRCS is responsible for the leadership of soil survey activities within the U.S. Department of Agriculture.