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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. The team will coordinate with other NCSS teams to develop a raster-based system that supports the initial inventory and interpretations of soils and ecological properties. Ultimately, this will ensure that adequate soil information is available to make most land use decisions for the population of the United States.


Initial Mapping Charges button. Initial Mapping Team diagram showing sub-teams and charges.
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Mike Regan, Team Leader, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil Science Division, Portland, Oregon

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  • Jeff Bruggink, Forest Service, Ogden, Utah
  • Cathy McGuire, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SSD), Phoenix, Arizona
  • Cory Cole, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS-AK), Palmer, Alaska
  • Eric Geisler, Bureau of Land Management, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Dave Kingsbury, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SSD), Morgantown, West Virginia
  • 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 (SSD), Davis, California
  • Beth Rowley, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SSD), Missoula, Montana
  • Aaron Wells, Alaska Biological Research, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Crystal Briggs, Natural Resources Conservation Service (SSD), Mount Vernon, Washington

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