LandPKS in Use

Community Scientists

LandPKS offers a suite of tools for community scientists. Identify soils, characterize your specific site, and determine how much water your soil will hold. Plan and record gardening activities. Monitor soil health with simple field observations. Crowdsource management information and access global data.

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A Simple Tool for Community Scientists

With the LandPKS app, you can identify your soil and (in rangelands) your ecological site based on location and your own inputs. Collect BLM-AIM and NRCS-NRI compatible vegetation cover and composition indicators. Monitor soil health with simple field observations. Keep data private or share with others on the Data Portal. For instructions on getting started with LandPKS, download the user guide below.


Man using app in garden

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Soil and Ecological Site Identification

  • Identify your soil and site characteristics 
  • Record slope, texture, and color for more accurate soil ID
  • Determine your ecological site and access information about potential vegetation and restoration options through the Ecosystems Dynamics Interpretive Tool (EDIT) (US only
  • Access estimates of the infiltration rate and water holding capacity of the soil at your site and view how these change with increased soil organic matter
  • Access climate data at your site including temperature, precipitation, and growing degree days
Vegetation data collection

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Collect BLM-AIM/NRCS-NRI-compatible Rangeland Indicators

  • Monitor cover, composition, and height in under 20 minutes using a yardstick
  • View calculated and graphed indicators
Surface soil sampling

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Monitor Soil Health

  • Document field observations aligned with the NRCS In-Field Cropland Assessment protocol and soil indicators included in “Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health
  • Store lab data with your field observations for easy reference
Antelope in grasslands landscape

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Discover Potential Wildlife Species in Your Area (North America only)

  • View a selection of species that may occur near your location  
  • Compare species’ habitat with your data
LandPKS Learning

Learning Center

Find tutorials, videos, and helpful guides for using LandPKS. Learn more about the methods used in the app. Access student and teacher resources. Access helpful resources for managing your land.

Soil color measurement

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LandPKS Modules & Functions

Descriptions and background information for each of the LandPKS modules.

Agricultural extension workers in Africa

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Case Studies

Examples of how LandPKS is being used across the globe.

Woman conducting soil survey in the US

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LandPKS in the Field

Mobile App

Download LandPKS today for free and discover the value and potential of your land. Use this information to plan and track management actions, and to monitor soil health and vegetation indicators over time.

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LandPKS in the Field

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Start with the LandPKS app on your mobile device. Record field data and access soil information. Download the app for free.

LandPKS at your Desk

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View, edit, and download your data from your computer. Explore public soil information and data from LandPKS users worldwide.

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