|More about PLSSFinder|
Released in April, 2011, this free application is designed as a central point of access for locating Wisconsin Public Land Survey System (PLSS) corners for a variety of counties with access to related attribute information and metadata. Most appealing is the direct linkage, in many cases, to County websites for their corner tie sheets. PLSSFinder has been endorsed by the Wisconsin County Surveyor's Association as a vehicle representing statewide county collaborations for displaying and providing access of their progress towards the completion and maintenance of the PLSS in the state.
By state statute, counties act as the custodian for PLSS corners within their boundaries. This statutory authority was not supported with state funds, so most remonumentation has been completed with local revenues. Progress towards updated PLSS monuments and coordinates varies widely across the state, with some counties having completed remonumentation, while others are at various stages of completion.
PLSS Corners with tiesheets: These corners represent, through direct linkage from PLSSFinder, the availability for online access to the corner tiesheet(s) from the contributor's server.
PLSS Corners without tiesheets: These corners represent corners that do NOT have direct linkage from PLSSFinder for online access to the corner tiesheet(s) may be due to a variety of reasons from the contributor, i.e., fee based subscription for online access, tiesheets not in a digital format, etc.
How to add your data
Adding data to PLSSFinder is easy: simply provide, at minimum, a unique corner name/id, coordinates (Northing/Easting or Lat/Long), coordinate date (to reflect currency), coordinate accuracy (i.e., survey grade, sub-meter, or approximate), units/datum with tag, spatial reference system, tie sheet URL, and metadata (if possible).
Note: See below instructions if your county is using the Wisconsin Land Information Program's Strategic Initiative Grant to fund completion and integration of PLSS:
The preferred formats are Geodatabases, ArcInfo shapefile (.shp), Microsoft Excel (.xls), dBASE (.dbf), or MS Access (.mdb), but Comma Separated Volumes (.csv), or ASCII text (.txt), are also acceptable. The data should be in a column/row layout with fields across the columns and individual records down the rows.
Corner Name: unique corner name assigned by the contributor
Corner ID: unique corner ID assigned by the contributor
County: corner location
Corner Type: corner classification (meander corner, quarter corner, mile post, etc.)
Monument Type: material, composition of the physical corner marker
Monument Date: date monument was set
Township: number of townships, north or south
Range: number of columns of townships, east or west
Section: 1 of 36 section numbers within a township
Horizontal Coordinates & Datum:
Horizontal & Vertical Accuracy:
Comments: any additional information about the corner.
External Point Information: full url to more information (tie sheet, etc) for a particular corner
Dataset Metadata: URL to contributors metadata file for their dataset
Dataset Inventory: date the dataset was received from the contributor
Contacts: contact information for the contributor of the data
For problems with…
at the State Cartographer's Office
|Last Updated on August 11, 2016|