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Helping People Understand Soils

Soil is a vital part of the natural environment. It influences the distribution of plant species and provides a habitat for a wide range of organisms. It controls the flow of water and chemical substances between the atmosphere and the earth, and acts as both a source and store for gases in the atmosphere. Soil, together with the plant and animal life it supports, forms an amazing, intricate natural system. One of NRCS's main focuses is our Wisconsin Cooperative Soils Program. This program is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, a partnership effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver science-based soils information. Below, you will find links to soil history, useful information, tools and resources by topic.

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National Cooperative Soil Science

Soil surveys seldom contain detailed site-specific information and are not designed for use as primary regulatory tools in site-specific permitting decisions, but they are useful for broad regulatory planning and application. Official Soil Survey Information is public information and may be interpreted by organizations, agencies, units of government, or others based on their own needs; however, users are responsible for the appropriate application of soil survey information. NRCS will not accept reassignment of authority for decisions made by other Federal, State, or local regulatory bodies. NRCS will not make changes to Official Soil Survey Information or of any supplemental soil mapping for purposes related solely to State or local regulatory programs.