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Conservation District Soil Index Inforamation

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Did you know that every county in the US has had a soil inventory and that this information is free for the asking?

Michigan has 159 types of soil with some even being divided further into percent grade or slope?

This index is in matrix format and the 11 columns are as follows:

soil name and map symbol
grain and seed crops
grasses and legumes
wild herbaceous plants
hardwood trees
coniferous plants
wetland plants
shallow water areas
openland wildlife
woodland wildlife
wetland wildlife

If you refer to your soils map (which is a marked up aerial photo of your land) you will note numbers, letters denote slope in percent, some symbols and lines indicating different soil types.

The number is the soil name as found in the chart. Then cross reference the number wtih each column to find out what the potential for habitat is.

This information has helped me from making some mistakes in the planning of the layout of my land. It will help you with yours. Best of all this info is available free from your conservation district office. It may help you decide on a land purchase.

The potentials are rated in terms of :

very poor
poor
fair
good

My land has 4 different soil types and a symbol like the 5 on a pair of dice (sand deposit). I find it usefull and the data is right on the money.
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Please help the uninformed. I have a few questions.

What is the website I go to look up my contact info for my soil district (Gladwin county)? Will they send out the requested info or do you have to get it in person?

The multi-colored statewide soil association map is used a reference guide for the soil types and what not found on your specific soil map? How do I contact the MSU Extension office for this map?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

DaveK
Thanks for the link Luv2hunteup.

I'll contact the Gladwin office and go from there. The only problem I have with just stopping in is I live in Oxford (Oakland county) and Gladwin is about two hours away. If they have weekend hours then no problem but I'm guessing they don't.

I have contacted a timber company to survey the poplar and birch prospects on my 40 in Gladwin. The neighbor accross the street did ok by the timber company on his 40. The gentleman doing the surveying was going to give an $$ estimate and a land evaluation for deer, turkeys, and such.

I really want to do everything right the first time around so I am taking my time and trying to as much homework on food plots and land development as possible.

Thanks again,
DaveK
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