Soil and Land Use Skills

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1. Use of clinometers, augers, color charts, test kits, and meters
2. Familiarity with soil pits
3. Determination of soil type by ribboning or use of particle screens
4. Basic ability to determine land use class
5. Identification of wetland indicators
6. Identify landform at site
7. Determine permeability of soil
8. Identify drainage class, depth to bedrock, depth of rooting
9. Measure thickness of topsoil, subsoil
10. Analyze soil structure and texture
11. Ability to quickly and effectively locate needed information in a soil survey
12. Using soil survey: identify hydrologic soil group; analyze chemical properties of soil; estimate erosion potential; Identify soil-mapping unit; evaluate soil type for its suitability for crops and pasture, woodland productivity, wildlife habitat, recreation, building site development and sanitary facilities.
13. Using the web-soil survey, learn the limitations that local soils have for septic systems, foundations, agriculture, and future development.