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Published Soil Surveys for Vermont

Soil surveys issued prior to 2008 are archive copies that are not compatible with the screen-reader software used by the visually impaired. For accessibility assistance, email or call (402) 437-5499.

Current, official soil survey information is on the Web Soil Survey. The Web Soil Survey allows you to create custom reports by selecting a specific area of interest, such as a county, national park, or your property. In the table below, clicking on a survey area that is listed as “current” takes you to the Web Soil Survey.

Historical and supplemental documents are also available below. Printed soil survey reports were the main source of soils information from 1899 to 2005. Most of these reports are county-based, have been converted to PDF, and are available from links below. The reports are also available at Federal depository libraries. USDA phased out the printing of reports after making Web Soil Survey the official source for information in 2005.

To view the soil maps of archived soil survey reports, use the Firefox browser. Chrome, Edge, and other browsers do not support the links. For help accessing these historical maps, click here.

In some cases, the published reports are available at local USDA offices. For information about reference copies of a publication or for information about publications that are not on the following list, contact the State Conservationist.

Soil survey name (Click links for online surveys.)   Date Archived PDF online Web Soil Survey (generated from official soil data)
Addison County   1971 Yes No
Addison County   current No Yes
Bennington County   2006 Yes No
Bennington County   current No Yes
Caledonia County   current No Yes
Chittenden County   1974 Yes No
Chittenden County   current No Yes
Essex County   current No Yes
Franklin County   1979 Yes No
Franklin County   current No Yes
Grand Isle County   1959 Yes No
Grand Isle County   current No Yes
Lamoille County   1981 Yes No
Lamoille County   current No Yes
Orange County   1978 Yes No
Orange County   current No Yes
Orleans County   current No Yes
Reconnaissance, Entire State of Vermont   1930 Yes No
Rutland County   1998 Yes No
Rutland County   current No Yes
Vergennes Area, Vermont-New York   1904 Yes No
Washington County   2004 Yes No
Washington County   current No Yes
Windham County   1987 Yes No
Windham County   current No Yes
Windsor County   1918 Yes No
Windsor County   current No Yes