SPATIALLY CLASSIFYING SOILS AND INFLUENTIAL GEOLOGY FOR FORESTRY MANAGEMENT
The classification system was mapped for the states on the United States southeast seaboard. In this area, bedrock geology is important in the mountain and piedmont regions, but is less important in the coastal plain due to depths up to 10 km, which is far beyond the reach of tree roots. More important for the coastal plain than bedrock are the marine deposits that formed terraces throughout the late Quaternary. Thus, bedrock is mapped for the mountain and piedmont regions and the terraces are mapped as the geology layer for the coastal plain.
To maximize user interaction, a web platform allows users to click on an area of interest. It then identifies FPC codes within a stand and presents the user with management techniques recommended for optimum growth, such as fertilizer application or site preparation. This classification system allows for later incorporation of landscape scale nutrient response experiments onto the map to improve forest productivity and sustainable management through spatially tailored recommendations.