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  1. Vol. 19 No. 1, p. 91-93
    Received: Sept 27, 1954

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The Status and Needs for Soil Survey in Forested Land1

  1. Robert A. Gardner and
  2. W. H. Lyford2



There is an increasing amount of soil surveying in the forested and wild lands of the United States. An estimated 22 million acres of forest or wild land have been mapped by progressive or reconnaissance surveys completed in the last five years. Current main survey methods are: Farm-by-farm detailed, progressive detailed, reconnaissance, soil-vegetation, and ultra detailed. The last named method is for experimental areas. The need for soil surveys in the nonfarm and noncultivated areas depends on the intensity of management needed for an area. If there is pressure for alternative or multiple uses of an area there is also pressure for soil-survey information. Experience has shown that the classification of the soils into series, types and phases according to the standardized system of natural classification has long-time advantages over a single-purpose classification by selected single soil characteristics.

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