Dataset Overview

As part of a 200-year forest soil monitoring study, soil samples are taken from 5 different locations (three sites in Mt. Mansfield in northern Vermont and two sites in the Lye Brook Wilderness Area in southern Vermont) every 5 years. At each of the five sites 1 50m x 50m plot has been permanently established, with 100 5m x 5m subplots. Samples were taken from the side of the pit that was described, using a knife and trowel. If Oe was sampled, a larger area of soil surface was peeled backward and “mined”. All samples were collected into 60-ounce clear polyethylene sterile bags (Fisher Scientific) and labeled with soil site, soil pit number, and date. Samples collected for mercury analysis were collected using sampling methods that prevent atmospheric contamination. Samples were sent to labs belonging to NRCS, USFS, and UVM for analysis.

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A 200-year forest soil monitoring study that will aid future efforts to detect changes in forest soil properties, essential plant nutrient, mineral, trace element concentrations, soil morphology and soil taxonomy.

Data Collection Status

Data collection for this dataset is ongoing

Start date


Anticipated end date



1121 records with 26 fields

Data Availability

This dataset is not publicly available

Preferred Citation

John Truong (2018) Core Soil Chemistry. FEMC. Available online at:

Update Frequency

As needed

Maintenance Plan

Sampling started in 2002 and will continue every 5 years until the year 2202.


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