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News Release
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.

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For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com

For Further Information Contact:
Tim Gerber, ODNR Soil & Water Conservation
(614) 265-6680


 

 

 

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