Healthy soils provide the base for vast, complete forest ecosystems and food production for billions of people. We provide technical assistance to help improve erosion and runoff problems for landowners and protect our soil resources.

Why is soil important?

Soil (n) - The unconsolidated mineral or organic matter on the surface of the Earth that has been subjected to and shows effects of genetic and environmental factors of: climate (including water and temperature effects), and macro- and microorganisms, conditioned by relief, acting on parent material over a period of time. A product-soil differs from the material from which it is derived in many physical, chemical, biological, and morphological properties and characteristics.

 

In other words, it is important to us. Being in Boone County, one of the fastest growing counties in Kentucky, we have a wide variety of uses for our soil – such as farming, husbandry, gardening, and urbanizing!

 

What kind of soil do we have?

Boone County’s bedrock is composed of limestones and shales from the Ordovician Period (510-440 million years ago). The soils we find here range from clay to limestone to alluvium, giving us fertile soils we use for agriculture. But, we pay the price for our fertile soil, as our area is abundant with slope failures, erosion, and swelling. Check out a geological map of our county here.