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Ecological Site Information

Ecological Site Information

 

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Ecological Sites provide a consistent framework for classifying and describing rangeland and forestland soils and vegetation; thereby delineating land units that share similar capabilities to respond to management activities or disturbance. Ecological Site Descriptions are being developed for forests, freshwater wetlands, grasslands, and salt marshes in Soil Survey Region 4.

What are Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs)?

Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) are reports that provide detailed information about a particular kind of land — a distinctive Ecological Site.

ESDs include site-specific management information about natural vegetation, weeds, forestry, grazing, wildlife, and dynamic soil properties. Land managers can use this information to evaluate land suitability and respond to different management activities or disturbance processes.

Where can I find Ecological Site Description Reports?

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NRCS Ecological Site Description (ESD) reports are stored and accessed within the Ecological Site Information System (ESIS). All completed and approved ESDs, both rangeland and forestland sites, are available to the general public from ESIS.



 

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If your interest is to obtain soil and ESD information for your farm, ranch, or other lands, then use the NRCS Web Soil Survey application.  You can create your personal Area of Interest (AOI) and view, save, and print maps and reports providing soil and ecological site information defining your specific piece of land.