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The NRCS Soil and Plant Science Division is the lead agency for the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS), a joint effort of federal and state agencies, universities, and professional societies. The NCSS develops and delivers science-based soil surveys that help people understand the soils.

West Virginia NRCS soil scientists provide technical assistance in the use and understanding of soil surveys upon request. Soil surveys represent the examination, description, classification, and mapping of soils in an area. It is foundational to the NRCS as an agency and is essential in conservation planning, land use management, resource assessments, and conservation practice and restorative design. The soils in West Virginia are diverse with a broad range of soil properties that make this work challenging.


Monongahela - West Virginia State Soil

Monongahela is West Virginia’s state soil. It is formed from loamy water deposited sediments (alluvium) on old stream terraces not subjected to flooding. It is very deep and contains a hardpan (fragipan) in its upper half that perches water seasonally and is restrictive to root growth. This soil is considered prime farmland and is located throughout the state. Monongahela is not hydric and therefore not found in wetlands.







Web Soil Survey The Web Soil Survey is the source of official soil survey information. Portions of this data may change annually and is updated on or about July 1 of each year.Soil Health page

National Site

Archived Soil Surveys Archived surveys are a historical record of soil survey development. Included are manuscripts and maps. Adobe is required to access the manuscript and internet explorer for viewing the map tiles.

Soil Survey Region 6

For assistance contact Jared Beard, State Soil Scientist at or 304-284-7597.