The Caribbean Area, comprised of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin
Islands, is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) program. The
National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) is a nationwide partnership of federal,
regional, state, and local agencies and institutions. This partnership works
together to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify, and
interpret soils and to disseminate, publish, and promote the use of information
about the soils of the United States and its trust territories. The activities
of the NCSS are carried out on national, regional, and state levels.
Soil Health a Priority for Caribbean Area NRCS
Soil Health is soil managed to its maximum potential through a system
of conservation practices, including never-till, cover crops, advanced
nutrient and pest management, and buffers and drainage systems where
appropriate. This approach results in healthy soil that reduces
erosion, requires less nutrient inputs, manages the effects of flood and
drought, and reduces nutrient and sediment loading to streams, rivers
and coastal waters.
Soil Data Mart -
The most current official soil information.
Determine and download soil tabular and spatial data for one soil
survey area at a time. Generate a variety of reports for one soil
survey area at a time.
Soil Survey - Access to soil survey information is provided through maps. All text and tables
relate to the map symbols and the areas delineated on these maps.
MLRA Explorer — A new web-based mapping tool
that provides the user with the ability to search by Major Land Resource
Areas (MLRA) and Land Resource Areas (LLR) using a variety of geographic
and attribute questions that create customized maps with narrative
descriptions and photos. It also provides the user with the ability to
print and/or export specific subsets of the USDA Agriculture Handbook