National Cooperative Soil Survey
North Carolina participates in the National Cooperative Soil Survey by providing technical support in Wake County update. Approximately 185,000 acres of the survey (or 35% of the county) has been re-mapped to more accurately represent the soil types and changes in land use. The mapping has been updated using ArcGIS and supported by data collection in the field and data analysis. Work is currently in the process of being reviewed by the NRCS Soil Survey staff and should be approved and uploaded to the Soil Data Mart and Web Soil Survey before the end of the year, where it will be available to the public. (map of progress)
The remainder of the County will require a less extensive revision and is on track to be completed by the following year. Mapping the various soil types on aerial photography provide valuable information for landowners and landuse planners.
In addition there are three regional soil scientists located in our offices in Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, NC. These soil scientists provide information on soil limitations, wetland delineation, and other soil related questions.
County Soil Surveys are available through the local district office. Copies of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetland Inventory maps are available through the Technical Service Office in Raleigh.