By Danielle Evans, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Version 2.0 of NRCS’s Web Soil Survey (WSS) is scheduled to be released near the end of May for public use. WSS is a web application that provides electronic access to relevant soil and related information needed to make use and management decisions
about the land. Be sure to click on “View an illustrated list of new features” to see what has been improved.
Some enhancements will include:
New Shopping Cart feature – individual thematic maps and soil reports can be added to the shopping cart, and then downloaded or printed as one large PDF bundle. Basic soil map, map unit legend and map unit descriptions are added automatically.
PLSS Section data layer added
Navigate by federal land ownership boundaries – U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense.
Address and Lat/Long point marker added – red “+” sign
The shifted or tilted AOI (area of interest) boundary problem is corrected
Option to print using a nationally unique map unit symbol – we use the mukey – on maps and reports
Pop-up map unit description on Soil Map tab – link from map unit name
Link to Archived Soil Surveys – no longer displaying these directly in WSS
DRG layer (scanned USGS topo maps) available as optional backdrop
Legend and Layers tabs combined with layer properties and options available