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Welcome to the Ecological Site Description (ESD) System
for Rangeland and Forestland Data

Anyone may view reports of approved Ecological Site Descriptions. To view the various reports select a State or MLRA or both and Submit. From the subsequent list, select the ESD you wish to view.
Major Land Resource Areas (MLRA) are a portion of the spatial framework utilized by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of natural resource management activities. MLRA boundaries reflect nearly homogenous areas of landuse, elevation, topography, climate, water resources, potential vegetation, and soils.

If you need assistance in locating the MLRA, click on the MLRA Explorer link below. The MLRA Explorer is an interactive map-based application of USDA Agriculture Handbook 296. With the tools in this application, you can:
(1) search for your MLRA by entering your State and County;
(2) search for LRRs and MLRAs using a variety of geographical
      and textual queries.
MLRA Information MLRA Explorer

MLRA   State

For questions about this database as a whole, contact:


Charles Stanley
Rangeland Management Specialist
Central National Technology Support Center
Ft. Worth, Texas
Phone: 817-509-3282
Fax: 817-509-3337


Curtis Talbot
Rangeland Management Specialist
National Soil Survey Center
Lincoln, Nebraska
Phone: 402-437-4176
Fax: 402-437-5336


Eunice Padley
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-720-3921


Craig Busskohl
National Soil Survey Center
Lincoln, Nebraska
Phone: 402-437-5316
Fax: 402-437-5336

For questions pertaining to an individual state's data, contact:
NRCS State Range Specialist or Forester for that state.

Please address all comments and suggestions about the contents of this Web page to
Charles.Stanley@ftw.usda.gov or Curtis.Talbot@lin.usda.gov

If you are having problems with this Web page, please let us know at plantswebmaster@plants.usda.gov

Updated September 15, 2011

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