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MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2006 Conference
Silent Auction
ArcGIS 9 Workshop
Scholarship Committee
2007 Conference in Rochester
Call for Polaris/Lifetime Nominations

DNR's WMA Finder
MnDOT Interactive Basemap
Red River DEM Project

Governor's Council
Call for Governor's Commendation
Call for FY07 Council Members
Parcel Study

Forum on GIS Future
GeoWeb Broadcast
2005 Twin Cities Air Photos
MetroGIS Annual Report

One Call Service
Is Pictometry GIS?
Ortho Use in Western MN
Ortho Use in Southern MN
Emergency Management Training

Higher Education
St. Mary's Update
Airborne Remote Sensing

NRCS Soils Update
NASA Earth Observatory

K-12 Education
Firewise Education

MN Dads at Home
MetroGIS Non-Profit Appts.

Virtual Deer Camp

Other Places
GIS in English Middle School
Gas Prices Mapped
$1000 laptop
Get Rid of Techno Junk


USDA NRCS Soils News
By Danielle Evans, Natural Resources Conservation Service

More soils data is now available and NRCS's Web Soil Survey viewing and reporting tools have new features.

SSURGO (Soil Survey Geographic Database) Update
In 2006, six soil survey areas have been SSURGO certified thus far: Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pope, Ramsey, Steele and Washington counties. That brings the total number of Minnesota counties with both tabular and spatial SSURGO coverage to 65 - all 87 counties have tabular information. A current status map can be found at 

Soil survey information is available through two websites: Web Soil Survey (see next section of this article) and Soil Data Mart. The Soil Data Mart ( is a website that has spatial and tabular soils information available for download for use in a GIS or database application where one can also run reports or do queries and analysis.

Web Soil Survey Version 1.1 Released
Web Soil Survey ( is a national online web application for viewing and analyzing SSURGO data with GIS applications and report generation (see article in previous newsletter

Now WSS has been improved! Version 1.1 was released March 21 for public use. Be sure to click on "View an illustrated list of new features" to see what has been improved. Some enhancements include:

  • View the map at full width
  • Remove ("tear off") and position the Legend and Layers tabs
  • Clear the Area of Interest (AOI)
  • Zoom to an area using latitude and longitude coordinates
  • Zoom to an area using PLSS township and range
  • Zoom to a specific map scale
  • Get the date of orthophotography on the viewable and printed map

Web Soil Survey Version 2 is due to be released this summer. Some enhancements will include:

  • Include PLSS section data (township and range was included in v1.1)
  • National map unit symbols
  • Enlarge AOI area possibility from 10,000 to 40,000 acres 


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