Data and Reports
The Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) contains information about soil as collected by the National Cooperative Soil Survey over the course of a century. The information was gathered by walking over the land and observing the soil. Many soil samples were analyzed in laboratories.
Technical Assistance: The Engine of Conservation
This history provides a window onto SCS’ and later NRCS’s delivery of assistance to land owners, and how new legislation and programs influenced the conservation operations.
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.
The History of Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting
The seven oral history interviews and three articles in this volume recount significant historical developments in snow surveying and waters supply forecasting in the Western U.S. since 1935.
The National Cooperative Soil Survey of the United States
As a soil scientist in the Soil Conservation Service, the author, David Gardner, saw the soil survey from the inside while working in scientific and technical positions as well as in administrative ones.
The Soil Conservation Service Responds to the 1993 Midwest Floods
This publication provides case studies of the agency response to the 1993 Midwestern floods.
Third Party Vendors in Conservation
This publication provides a historical overview of the relationship between NRCS and private contractors who perform conservation work.
NRCS and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (RUM) Agricultural Experimental Station (EEA) unveiled the third edition of the Taxonomic Classification of the Soils of Puerto Rico in a ceremony at the University on September 2, 2018.
USDA Watershed Programs Facts & Figures
This document describes the USDA Watershed Program's history, its current state, and the challenges it faces in the future.
The NRCS, Montana Association of Land Trusts, and the Heart of the Rockies Initiative have partnered to produce a report of the economic impact of ALE easements in Montana as well as stories from families that have realized economic benefits on their farm or ranch.
The NRCS Snow Survey Program provides mountain snowpack data and streamflow forecasts for the western United States. Common applications of snow survey products include water supply management, flood control, climate modeling, recreation, and conservation planning.