Vision, Benefits, and Strategies for Soil Change Data Collection in Soil Survey.
Arlene J. Tugel1, Karl Hipple2, Chrisopher W. Smith3, Susan Andrews3, Robert Ahrens4, Jeffrey E. Herrick5, Micheal Golden3, Pete Biggam6, Randy Davis7, and Bill Ypsilantes8. (1) 3JER NMSU, USDA-NRCS, NRCS Jornada Exp Range, Box 30003, Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003, (2) National Soil Survey Center, USDA-NRCS, 9310 Benziger Dr, Lincoln, NE 68526, (3) USDA-NRCS, Washington, DC 20250, (4) 100 Centennial Mall North, USDA-NRCS, USDA/NRCS, Federal Bldg.Rm.152, Lincoln, NE 68508-3866, (5) MSC 3JER, Box 30003, USDA, New Mexico State University, USDA-ARS-Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003, (6) USDI-NPS, Denver, CO 80225, (7) USDA-FS (Forest Service), Washington, DC 20003, (8) USDI-BLM, Denver, CO 80225
Human impacts on soil have recently garnered increased attention by policy makers, producers, federal land managers, and other users of soil survey information. The growing body of literature on soil change is providing the foundation for this new soil survey emphasis area. Through soil survey work, information will be developed about the range of variability in near-surface dynamic soil properties associated with specific management systems or plant communities within soil map unit components. This information can help soil survey users to develop appropriate targets for sustainable land management and guide the development of new soil interpretations. The purpose of this paper is to describe the goals and benefits of collecting near-surface dynamic soil property data. Current progress and strategies for implementation through the National Cooperative Soil Survey are presented.