Beginning in 1785, a rectangular survey system was adopted to describe the country's public lands. Cadastral surveyors divided the land using a north-south, east-west grid system of township and range to identify and describe land parcels. Land Status records display land ownership, including original patents to homesteaders, miners, and railroad companies.
This information is provided by township and consists of Master Title Plats (MTPs) and Historical Indices (HIs). The MTPs show the current land status for all federal interests in these lands while the His chronologically list all activities, past and present, for each township.
Management of BLM public lands and realty responsibilties include: land acquisitions and disposals, land exchanges, rights of way and easements; land withdrawals; and maintaining the Public Land Tenure Records for all lands in Nevada.