Public Land Survey System Print
By Brenda Hemstead   

Locations of land in most of Wisconsin are described using the Public Land Survey Sytem (PLSS). This rectangular survey system is the fundamental way that almost all of the state's land was first systematically marked, divided, and described, and remains the basis for that real property today. Section corners are the basic feature of the PLSS and are not very obvious in the field. These corners, and the lines that connect them form the boundaries of land parcels that help us understand the division, ownership, and location of real property. A key fact is that the original placement of PLSS corners is what controls most property lines.

Last Updated on August 18, 2017
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