Soils of the Sierra Nevada


Soils are a critically important resource that many overlook. You can learn more about the soils of the Sierra Nevada Soil profile in granitic bedrockand the role they play in maintaining healthy ecosystems in this recent report from a symposium in support of socioecological resilience in the Sierra Nevada and Southern ascade Range. *

Or if you would like to learn about the soils where you work or live, visit the Web Soil Survey (WSS), a web-based soil data and information source produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world.


* full citation: Moghaddas, Emily and Ken Hubbert. 2014. Chapter 5.1 – Soils, pp. 223-262, in: Long, Jonathan W.; Quinn-Davidson, Lenya; Skinner, Carl N., eds. 2014. Science synthesis to support socioecological resilience in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-247. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 723 p.


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