Land Capability Class
One of the eight classes of land in the land capability classification system of the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The eight land capability classes in this system are distinguished according to the risk of land damage or the difficulty of land use. The first four classes distinguish land inherently able to be used for cultivation and other uses. Soils in Class I have few limitations that restrict their use. Soils in Class II have some limitations that reduce the choice of plants or require moderate conservation practices. Soils in Class III have severe limitations that reduce the choice of plants or require special conservation practices, or both. Soils in Class IV have very severe limitations that restrict the choice of plants, require very careful management, or both. The second four classes distinguish land generally inherently unable to be used for cultivation (without major treatment). Soils in Class V have little or no erosion hazard but have other limitations, impractical to remove, that limit their use largely to pasture, range, woodland, or wildlife food and cover. Soils in Class VI have severe limitations that make them generally not able to be used for cultivation and limit their use largely to pasture or range, woodland, or wildlife food and cover. Soils in class VII have very severe limitations that make them not able to be used for cultivation and that restrict their use largely to grazing, woodland, or wildlife. (VIII). Soils and landforms in class VIII have limitations that preclude their use for commercial plant production and restrict their use to recreation, wildlife, water supply, or aesthetic purposes.