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Official State Soil: Sassafras 
August 12th 

Sassafrass is a Benchmark and Hall of Fame soil series because of its historical importance to the evolution of soil science in the United States. 

These soils are prime farmland for agriculture and forestry, and they are well suited to construction. Many horses and cattle in Maryland graze on Sassafras soils.

Sassafras soils support forests thick with oaks, hickories, and tulip poplar. These forests are home to warblers, opossums, and white-tailed deer.