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Initial Mapping Team

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The initial mapping focus team was formed to develop a strategy for completing a soil and ecological inventory on land not currently covered by a NCSS standard (SSURGO) soil survey. The total area of the non-SSURGO land is about 450 million acres. Of this, about 307 million acres is in Alaska. The goal is to first assemble all useful data into a manageable format. Approximate boundaries of the geographic areas will then be determined, and the different products needed for each area will be identified. A catalog of all areas not having SSURGO available (“not complete”, or “NOTCOM”) is currently being developed to inventory existing information. The team coordinates with other NCSS teams (Database and Digital Soil Mapping Focus Teams) to develop products and processes that will allow NCSS to provide full soils and ecological site coverage fiscal year 2026. One product is a raster-based system that supports the initial inventory and interpretations of soils and ecological properties. Ultimately, this will ensure that adequate soils information is available to make most land use decisions for the population of the United States.


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Meeting Notes

Next Meeting

December 3, 2020 – 1:00 PM PDT (4:00 PM EDT)

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Dave Kingsbury, Team Leader, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Morgantown, West Virginia

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  • Jeff Bruggink, Forest Service, Ogden, Utah
  • Cory Cole, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-AK), Palmer, Alaska
  • Eric Geisler, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Mike Regan, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Portland, Oregon
  • Parker Martyn, National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Josh Rose, Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Karen Vaughan, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Toby Rodgers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-WA), Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Russell Almaraz, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Davis, California
  • Beth Rowley, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Missoula, Montana
  • Aaron Wells, Alaska Biological Research, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Crystal Briggs, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Mount Vernon, Washington
  • Jessica Lene, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SPSD), Auburn, Alabama

Initial Mapping Team poster presented at the 2019 National NCSS Conference.

Initial Mapping Team poster presented at the 2017 National NCSS Conference.