Resource Needs (time/$)
Research who the Soils outreach audience is.
Who is a specialist (a subject matter expert of some kind) and who is a generalist or a member of the public? Know what the liability issues are when doing soils outreach and ensure that any outreach minds those liabilities
Scope: 3-6 months
Create a User Outreach Plan
Based on the research about who uses the soils data. Who are the audiences, what do they need to know in general; what are the idiosyncrasies of the data; pointing them to the Soil data viewer; point them to existing NRCS procedures and Help documents about SSURGO; what outreach is NRCS data related and what outreach might be related to NRIS? Ensure that the outreach related to NRIS is reflected on the NRIS home page.
Modify the MSL MSDI Soils web page
To provide the user outreach information and links to provide “self-serve” pointers to NRCS materials. I.e. how to choose and use the data, where are there soil health seminars in the state
Initial steps 2-3 weeks, periodic updates
Create an outreach webinar about soils data
That can be delivered via a MAGIP seminar and recorded. The recording can then be linked to the Soils MSDI page. MAGIP may not be the right audience, but it would be a venue to deliver the webinar and have it recorded. Perhaps also deliver this developed webinar/seminar as outreach to the target audience—the real soils users.
Prep: 2-3 weeks, delivery: biannually
And/or connect to agency webinars.
Alex Dado - Interim Contact
State Soils Scientist
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1515 E 6th AvenueHelena, Montana 59620
Phone: (406) 444-3115Toll Free: (800) 338-5087TTY:(406) 444-4799Email: View Directory
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