University of Wisconsin–Madison

PLSS Work Group

The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) is Wisconsin’s very first infrastructure and serves as the essential framework for property ownership. 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. PLSS is the very foundation for determining the location of nearly every property description in Wisconsin.

Who We Are: The PLSS Workgroup was formed by individuals and organizations in Wisconsin to advocate and advance the purpose and importance of the Public Land Survey System. Our goal is to educate and encourage State, County and Municipal agencies in improving, advancing and maintaining the Public Land Survey System statewide.

Publications

2018 PLSS Forum “Meet Me At The Corner” Final Report

2017 PLSS Forum “A Day With Your County Surveyor” Final Report

2016 PLSS Forum “Parcel Mapping & the PLSS in Wisconsin” Final Report

2015 PLSS Forum “Aligning County Surveying and Parcel Mapping Efforts” Final Report

Position Statement & Cover Letter

Wisconsin Counties Association Magazine – August 2016 Issue: The PLSS – A Dependable Land Ownership Foundation

Wisconsin Counties Association Magazine – September 2016 Issue:The PLSS – An Essential Network Worthy of Protection

Wisconsin Counties Association Magazine – October 2016 Issue:The PLSS – Reestablishing the Land Ownership Network for Future Needs

Participants/Organizations

State Cartographer’s Office
Howard Veregin, State Cartographer
Brenda Hemstead, Data Services

Wisconsin County Surveyors Association
Bryan Meyer, President & La Crosse County Surveyor

Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors
Jeff DeMuth, Professional Land Surveyor
Steve Geiger, Polk County Surveyor

Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association
Jodi Helgeson, Adams County Register of Deeds

Wisconsin Real Property Listers Association
Brannick Beatse, Monroe County Real Property Lister

Wisconsin Land Information Officers Network
Jason Poser, Buffalo County Land Records Coordinator/LIO

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Mitch Moline, Enterprise GIS Architect – WisDOT

Wisconsin Land Information Association
Jeremiah Erickson, GIS Specialist/LIO – Monroe County

Additional Member:
Chris Colney, GIS Specialist – Grant County

Last updated: July 10, 2019