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National Soil Survey Handbook

The National Soil Survey Handbook (NSSH) provides the standards, guidelines, definitions, policy, responsibilities, and procedures for conducting the NRCS portion of the National Cooperative Soil Survey program.

The NSSH contains information on how to plan and manage soil surveys; collect, document, and interpret soil survey information; and disseminate, publish, and promote the use of information about the soils of the United States and its trust territories. It provides specific information about field activities, correlation, interpretation, publication, and distribution of soil surveys of the National Cooperative Soil Survey.

Any member of the National Cooperative Soil Survey may suggest changes or additions to the NSSH. Proposed changes or additions should be addressed to Debbie Surabian, National Leader for Standards.


National Soil Survey Handbook

Recommended Citation

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. National soil survey handbook, title 430-VI. (accessed day month year).


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