The borders between public land and irrigated private land stand out in this panoramic photo of Devil's Tower National Monument


Wyoming - Cadastral Survey

Boundary issues occur on a daily basis for companies doing business with the federal government, and with individuals living near or visiting areas that contain public lands. Hunters, fishers and other recreationists need to know the boundaries of public land to avoid trespass on non-federal lands. Wild horse and burro and other wildlife/habitat management areas need to be established. Oil and gas operators need to know where federal interests begin and end, and where there is shared interest between federal and non-federal entities, as in split estate. Additionally, accurate acreages are needed to calculate royalty and lease payments.

In Wyoming, Cadastral Survey completes an average of 25 official surveys and many administrative surveys per year, covering approximately 500 miles and setting approximately 1,000 monuments. Our field surveyors are stationed so that they can best assist district and field offices on boundary related issues and provide input into the decision making process. The Wyoming geodesist, a member of the cadastral team, can travel to provide the district and field offices with training support on the use of GPS equipment and related software, and is available to assist with administrative projects. 

The BLM National Cadastral Survey webpage has links to national cadastral documents, including: the BLM Mineral Survey Roster, digital 2009 manual with errata and a link for acquiring hard copies, Specifications for Land Descriptions, and Cadastral Organizations with contacts.