- Soil Survey
- Soil Interpretations
- Soil Health
- Conservation Compliance
- Wetlands Determinations
- National Resources Inventory
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Who We Are
The Rhode Island Soils Division provides Technical Soil Services (TSS) – Information and assistance on the appropriate use and application of soil information – to customers in Rhode Island and Southern New England. TSS includes wetlands and HEL (highly erodible land) determinations for regulatory compliance, onsite conservation planning assistance, training and soil education activities, promotion of Soil Health Systems, and helping the public obtain and use soils data available through the Web Soil Survey, eFOTG and other web applications.
We are part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) program, 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.
Take the 'Soil Your Undies' Soil Health Challenge!
Have you ever wondered how healthy your soil is?
Just bury a pair of cotton underwear around May-June and dig it back up after at least 60 days. It’s the quick and dirty way to test the microbial activity in your soil. The more the underwear is deteriorated, the healthier your soil!
Rhode Island State Soil - Narragansett
Narragansett soils occur on approximately 12,000 acres in Rhode Island and also occur in the adjacent states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are productive agricultural soils supporting principal crops of silage corn, hay and vegetables.
Digital Data & Online Mapping
- Web Soil Survey - official USDA-NRCS Soils data
- Rhode Island GIS
- Google Soil Maps
- Google Earth Soils
- Soil Web App
- Coastal Zone Soil Survey Data