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Urban Soils Team


The Urban Soils Team was created to address topics relevant to soils in the urban environment. Team members are experienced urban soil mappers and bring together a diverse perspective of urban soil issues from cities with various mapping needs and historical backgrounds.

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  • Coordinate urban activities across division (procedures, equipment, safety)
  • Identify training needs
  • Identify needs to update standards – propose solutions
  • Identify needs to update taxonomy – propose solutions
  • Assemble existing data
  • Identify gaps
  • Work with BOA and MGT to provide guidance on priority areas
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Current Projects List:

  • Review of human-altered and human-transported (HAHT) materials soil order proposal and HAHT classification review
  • HAHT soil series inventory
  • Urban soil survey inventory map

Proposed Projects List:

  • Urban soil mapping procedures technical note
  • Review/summary of urban and HAHT technical language & terminology
  • Web Soil Survey Reports and Interpretations proposals
    • HAHT materials thickness report
    • Artifact content report
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  • Urban Soils Fact Sheet
  • International Union of Soil Science – Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Military, and Mining Areas (SUITMA) conference presentations at
    SUITMA 9 in 2017 and SUITMA 10 in 2019
  • Technical review for “Native Soil Properties and Qualities in Urban Soils” for Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design (LEED) certification
  • NCSS webinar presentation – Urban Soil Mapping in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit
  • Urban soil mapping presentation for the U.S. Geological Survey – Urban Landscapes Capability Team
  • NCSS National & Regional Conferences poster & presentation (2017, 2018)
  • Urban soils technical data evaluation and review for EPA
  • Provided technical assistance for SSR 6
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Rich Shaw, State Soil Scientist, Somerset, New Jersey
Randy Riddle, Soil Scientist, Oxnard, California

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  • Jake Isleib, Resource Soil Scientist, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Kristine Ryan, Soil Scientist, Aurora, Illinois
  • Eric Gano, Soil Scientist, Flint, Michigan
  • Ralph Tucker, Soil Scientist, Union, Missouri
  • Kenneth Hall, Soil Scientist, Rosenberg, Texas
  • Craig Prink, Soil Scientist, North Fort Meyers, Florida

External partners and participation:

  • John Galbraith – Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Jeffrey Howard – Wayne State University
  • Bryant Scharenbroch – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Matthew Levi – University of Georgia
  • David Weindorf – Texas Tech University