5 February 2011

Archival Gold: National Resources Conservation Service Photo Gallery

Posted by Jessica Ball

Following up on my last post, in which I mentioned volcanic soils (and the plants that can be found in volcanic settings), I thought I’d feature a photo gallery that highlights some of those same things. The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is part of the Department of Agriculture, and is responsible for helping to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with local and state agencies. (It used to be known as the Soil Conservation Service, but its mission has expanded beyond soil to other natural resources.)

The NRCS Photo Gallery features photos of natural resources and conservation activities in the United States, as well as images of NRCS activities and employees. (It’s a great website to use if you’re doing photo research for a textbook – and if you want to include the traditional ‘person for scale’.) You can search photos by state or category; here are a few from different categories:

Erosion by wind/water

"Mancos shale is eroded by the forces of wind and water." Photo by Tim McCabe, NRCS

Natural disasters

Dessicated sediment in an Arkansas lake, 1983. Photo by Tim McCabe, NRCS


The Snake River and Grand Tetons near Jackson Hole, WY. Photo by Tim McCabe, NRCS


Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado. Photo by Gene Alexander, NRCS