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Taxonomy Team


The core goal of this focus team is to make Soil Taxonomy more scientifically applicable (relevant) and to enhance its ability to provide “A basic system of soil classification for making and interpreting soil surveys.”

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Soil Taxonomy is a science-based tool that (1) groups soils into hierarchies that enabling practitioners to better understand soil properties at multiple scales and (2) provides a scientific communication tool for discussing the various soil types across the nation and world. Soil Taxonomy can also be used to understand how a landscape functions as a system through which water, nutrients, and pollutants flow, and a system that evolves geomorphically and serves as a template on which ecosystems reside and human land use operates.

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  • Coordinate taxonomy update with NCSS and SSSA Taskforce
  • Evaluate proposal quickly
  • Evaluate the overall goal of Soil Taxonomy
  • Proactively solicit input
  • Hold annual taxonomy meetings or review – subject specific
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Curtis Monger, National Leader, Soil Survey Standards, NSSC, Lincoln, Nebraska

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  • John Galbraith
  • Jane Karenin
  • Keith Crossland
  • Shawn McVey
  • Matt Levi
  • Mike Jones
  • John Warner
  • Mike Regan
  • Ken Scheffe
  • SSSA Task Force for Fundamental Changes to Soil Taxonomy
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  • Densic
  • Ag Handbook 296 MLRA Update
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3rd Edition of “Soil Taxonomy” 2022

  • Updated ST to include clearer sentences, more rationale, more history, and new taxa
  • Specific definitions that need to be written (re-written)
  • A team of writers are being identified
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Updated Soil Survey Manual (2017) containing the most recent horizon nomenclature and chapters on subaqueous soils and urban soils.

Updated National Soil Survey Handbook with numerous links to Soil Taxonomy (National Soil Survey Handbook).