Surveys and Aerial Photos

NewHanoverNC08_1nc_oSoil Surveys
Soil surveys are documents created by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) which records soil types with maps and describes soil characteristics. The last soil survey to be conducted in New Hanover County was in 1977. It contains detailed information about soil types across the county. Click here to view the survey online. NHSWCD houses several copies of this survey that are free to the general public. Please contact us if you are interested in a hard copy of this survey.

This interactive, web-based map identifies soil types across New Hanover County. In addition, the USDA’s Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information.

Aerial Photos
Aerial photos are photos taken of the ground from an elevated position. The term usually refers to images in which the camera is not supported by a ground-based structure. Cameras may be hand held or mounted, and photographs may be taken by a photographer, triggered remotely or triggered automatically.

NHSWCD houses historical New Hanover County aerial photos from 1949, 1956 and 1966. Please contact us if you would like to set up an appointment to view these photos. All of these photos are also available online here.

New Hanover County also provides aerial photographs and Basemaps from 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2020 – available online here. To view these files in a web browser, select the year and then “View in ArcGISOnline Map Viewer.”

Soil and Water Conservation: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 100 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7130 • Fax 910-798-7282
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