Select an ecological siteSelect an ecological site using the list, keys, photos, briefcase, or quick search option located on this page.
Explore the ecological site descriptionNext, learn more about the selected ecological site and its characteristic dynamics by browsing the ecological site description and exploring alternative state and transition model formats.
Ecological site list
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- Site does not receive additional moisture from the surrounding landscape (upland landforms including high terraces, toe slopes, benches, summits, shoulders and backslopes of interfluves, hills, and mountains).
- Soils formed in residuum or residuum/colluvium. Occurs on summits, shoulders and backslopes of interfluves, hills, and mountains.
- Soils are moderately deep to very deep (greater than 50 cm to a restrictive layer).
- Soils have a fine (35 to 60 percent clay) texture in particle size control section.
Ecological site map
Zoom in to display soil survey map units for an area of interest, and zoom out to display MLRAs. Select a map unit polygon to view ecological sites correlated to that map unit. View a brief description of an ecological site by clicking on its name in the map popup. Soil survey correlations may not be accurate, and ecological site classification of a location should always be verified in the field. Each selection may require the transfer of several hundred KB of data.
Ecological site keys
Ecological site photos
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Major Land Resource Areas
The Ecosystem Dynamics Interpretive Tool is an information system framework developed by the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and New Mexico State University.