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Technical Soil Services Program for Idaho

Technical Soil Services (TSS) is the application and presentation of soil survey information to all users of soil surveys and/or soil data.  Soil scientists involved in technical soil services help users understand soil surveys, apply soil information for specific needs, gather site specific soil data, and integrate soil survey information and data with other resource data and technology.  Technical soil services identifies and addresses soil survey information needs and opportunities within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) partnership, and other scientific disciplines within and beyond local, state, regional, and national arenas.  The process also includes obtaining feedback to identify and clarify additional needs for soil survey information.

As Idaho enters the new phase for the soil survey program of updating older out-of-date soil surveys throughout much of the state, the Resource Soil Scientists assigned TSS responsibilities become an integral part of this update process.  They provide documentation, interpretation, database, and GIS support to the Soil Survey Projects involved in the update mapping process.  Other tasks that the Resource Soil Scientist are also responsible for include providing soils data for on-site investigations, hydric soil identification for wetland determinations and/or delineations, assisting with land and/or soil judging contests, Field Office Technical Guide Section ll support, and promoting and implementing the wise use of soil resources in Idaho through training, identifying resource needs, and focusing available resources to maintain and improve soil quality.

To carry out the TSS program in Idaho, there are 2 Resource Soil Scientists assigned to the 6 NRCS Divisions.  These two Resource Soil Scientists are under the technical direction of the State Soil Scientist who has been assigned Technical Soil Services responsibilities for Idaho.

TSS Staff for Idaho:

Shawn Nield, State Soil Scientist
Idaho NRCS State Office
9173 West Barnes Dr., Suite C
Boise, Idaho 83709
Phone: 208-378-5728

Allyson Young,  Resource Soil Scientist
Divisions I, II and III
NRCS Area West Office
7830 Meadowlark Way, Ste. C-1
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815
Phone: 208-209-4351

Trudy Pink,  Resource Soil Scientist
Divisions IV, V and VI
NRCS Area East Office
1551 Baldy Ave., Suite 2
Pocatello, Idaho 83201
Phone: 208-237-4628 Ext. 119