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Ecological Site Information

Ecological Sites provide a consistent framework for classifying and describing rangeland and forest land soils and vegetation; thereby delineating land units that share similar capabilities to respond to management activities or disturbance. Ecological Site Descriptions are being developed for forests, freshwater wetlands, grasslands, and agriculture in Soil Survey Region 11.

What are Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs)? 

Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs) are reports that provide detailed information about a particular kind of land — a distinctive Ecological Site.

ESDs include site-specific management information about natural vegetation, weeds, forestry, grazing, wildlife, and dynamic soil properties. Land managers can use this information to evaluate land suitability and respond to different management activities or disturbance processes.




Gallatin Soil Survey Office Vacant    
Indianapolis Soil Survey Office Vacant Ecological Site Specialist  
Juneau Soil Survey Office Vacant    
Springfield Soil Survey Office Vacant  


Waverly Soil Survey Office Lisa Kluesner Ecological Site Specialist

319-352-4038 ext. 129