(By Delegates Michael, Beach, Mezzatesta, Nichols, Burke, J. Martin, Willison and Evans)

Declaring Monongahela Silt Loam to be the official state soil.

Whereas, It appears that each of a growing number of states of the United States, having significant concern for soil, has by legislative enactment chosen a particular soil as its official state soil; and
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has significant concern for its soil resources; and
Whereas, Soils enhance the quality of surface and
groundwaters and serve as the foundation for our bountiful agriculture, our unique wildlife habitats, our beautiful landscapes, and the homes and communities of our citizens; and
Whereas, Soils are essential to the quality of life and welfare of all West Virginians; and
Whereas, Monongahela Silt Loam (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Fragiudult) covers over 100,000 acres in 42 counties throughout West Virginia, is used extensively for crops, hay, pasture, woodland, housing and its prime farmland on slopes of 3 percent or less; and
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has yet to designate a state soil; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That Monongahela Silt Loam is hereby designated and declaredto be the official state soil.