2024 PLSS Survey Forum

Register Now to attend the free PLSS Forum, “Yesterday, today and TOMORROW”

Date: Thursday April 18th

Location: Best Western Riverfront Inn, 1821 Riverside Avenue, Marinette, WI

Join us for a free, day-long forum about the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) in Wisconsin.

The objective of the forum is to learn about the importance of maintaining an accurate, up-to-date PLSS network.

It will be especially interesting to County Board members, County Land Information Council members, and government decision-makers, as well as students, GIS professionals, and the general public.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The PLSS serves as the framework for property ownership in Wisconsin. Without a properly maintained network of PLSS corner monuments, there is an increased risk of property disputes, inequitable taxation, disagreements about resource rights, confusion over easement locations, and unnecessary expenditures by private citizens and local governments.


9:00 – 9:10 am  – Introductions

9:10 – 10:00 am – The PLSS Yesterday:  The beginning of land division in Wisconsin and Michigan – Presented by Laurence Johns PLS, Vernon County Surveyor

10:00 – 10:45 am – The County Surveyor, Duties, Research & Resources – Presented by Dave Yurk PLS, Outagamie/Shawano County Surveyor

10:45 – 11:00 am – Break

11:00 – 11:45 am – PLSS Monuments, Maintenance & Coordinates – Presented by Rob Merry PLS, Chief Surveyor Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

11:45 am – 1:15 pm – Lunch Break (Lunch will provided compliments of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors and the Wisconsin Land Surveying Foundation)

1:15 – 1:45 pm  – The PLSS Today: Building a Statewide PLSS Layer – Presented by the Wisconsin State Cartographer’s Office

1:45 – 2:15 pm – PLSS Jeopardy, a light hearted game to recap some of some of the days key points.

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Q&A