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Basic Public Lands

Jan Van Sickle, P.L.S.

“The magnitude of the greatest land-measurement project in history is mind-boggling. Never was so much land surveyed in so short a time under the same standardized methods,” said Hildegard Johnson in Order upon the Land: The US Rectangular Survey and the Upper Mississippi Country in 1976. Of the 1.8 billion acres that were once in the public domain more than 1 billion are now in private hands. The orderly transfer of so much property, and its continued clear description, is due, in large part to the success of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). Flying over the plains states in the middle of the country it is possible to actually see the wonder of it, the square quilt-like pattern is a testament to the surveyors that created those corners and those lines.

The maintenance of the system and its retracement requires that surveyors working today in the public lands states have a clear understanding of the principles that have been established over generations. The beginning of that process is what this course is all about.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

* If you are a registered professional land surveyor in Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas or Vermont, you need to take the approved courses for that specific state under the course category "Surveying & Mapping".

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