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From field surveys to statewide elevation data, the NRCS collects and manages large volumes of geographic data crucial to its mission of "Helping People Help the Land." Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable the collection, display, storage and analysis of these spatial data. In this capacity, GIS serves a central role in the identification, planning and tracking of conservation practices best suited for individual locations across Texas.

As an example, below, statewide elevation data (left) is used to calculate slope (right). Areas of high slope (dark) help the NRCS identify areas throughout the state that are particularly vulnerable to soil erosion.

Map of the state of Texas


Additional Resources

The Geospatial Data Gateway (GDG) provides access to a map library of over 100 high resolution vector and raster layers in the Geospatial Data Warehouse. It is the One Stop Source for environmental and natural resources data, at any time, from anywhere, to anyone. It allows you to choose your area of interest, browse and select data, customize the format, then review and download.                          


Ryan Nagelkirk, PhD

State GIS Specialist

Phone: (254) 742-9985