FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2003
STATE-OF-THE-ART SOIL SURVEY OF SANDUSKY COUNTY
NOW AVAILABLE ON COMPACT DISC
FREMONT, OH - A new digitized soil survey of Sandusky County is now
available on compact disc (CD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources (ODNR). The CD, which offers many advantages over printed soil
surveys, is available through the Sandusky County Soil & Water Conservation
District in Fremont at 419-334-6324.
The ODNR Division of Soil & Water Conservation developed the CD, employing
user-friendly Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that is
compatible with any home or office computer. The format allows users to more
easily combine soils information with other natural and cultural resource
information from the Sandusky County area.
The program opens with a map of Sandusky County, and users can simply click
on the county data they would like to see: aerial photography, roads, towns,
slope, drainage, soil types, crop yields, etc. The program then redraws the
map with the selected information.
ODNR is in the process of putting soils information into similar formats for
all interested counties as part of the Statewide Digital Soils Information
Project. The goal of the project is to have soils information for all 88
counties in a GIS format by 2006. The project is part of the nationwide Soil
Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) Initiative managed by the Natural
Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS, The Ohio State University School
of Natural Resources, and ODNR are cooperating on the project with help from
the Ohio Department of Transportation, U.S. Forest Service, Soil & Water
Conservation Districts, and other local agencies. When complete, SDSI will
provide readily available maps and information in a single, convenient
source for all participating counties.
Major fieldwork for the Sandusky County soil survey was completed in 1982.
The NRCS certified this computerized edition in April and put the new
information on the NCRS web page. A link to that page is available on the
ODNR web page at ohiodnr.com.
For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com
For Further Information Contact:
Tim Gerber, ODNR Soil & Water Conservation
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