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Technical Soil Services

Technical Soil Services are a function of the USDA-NRCS, under the Soil and Plant Science Division and the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS). TSS are also performed by soil scientists of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and the Forest Service as part of the NCSS.

A major responsibility of TSS personnel within NRCS is to assist users with understanding and properly using the soil survey and to provide users with predictions and interpretations about the behavior of each kind of soil mapped or identified under defined situations.

Within NRCS, technical soil services are provided by resource soil scientists working in USDA area offices and by soil scientists working in soil survey project offices. The soil scientists work in an interdisciplinary environment with other NRCS specialists, such as agronomists, foresters, grazing land specialists, biologists, engineers, hydrologists, soil conservationists, soil technicians, and program managers, and with university researchers, consultants, community planners, and groups involved in the development and use of soils information for the management of natural resources. NRCS has the legislated Federal responsibility to lead the activities of the NCSS.

National reports are located in Box.

Locator Map

Technical Soil Services Reports Map

Each point on the map indicates a location for which a TSS report is available online. Click on an individual point for details. The points do not necessarily indicate the exact location referred to in the report. In some cases, more than one report is available per map point. These reports are also sorted by date below.

Spotlight on TSS Activities

Older Reports

For older TSS reports, please see Previous TSS Reports.

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