THE SURVEY BECOMES A PERMANENT PUBLIC LAND RECORD
This completes the 14-step process for executing a cadastral survey, in compliance with all requirments, from receiving authorization, to executing a survey, to filing the field notes and plat.
A permanent record now exists serving as a basis for legal descriptions, therby establishing a direct relationship of ownership on the ground with ownership in the records.
There are over 1 billion documents in the public land records. These records allow the American public to obtain ownership and surveying information from one source and in one place. The information includes all actions, past and present, taken on lands that are now or have previously been public.
We are continuing a process that has been in existence for over 200 years. Each survey executed becomes a brick in the wall of the United States Land Tenure System, creating stable property lines and a permanent record of land ownership.As with all brick ewalls, the total strenght of the wall is only as strong as the bricks it is made of. Weak or missing bricks undermine the whole system. The integrated and centalized public lands records protect against the loss of bricks.