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Manual of Surveying Instructions (2009)      

For purchase by the public of the 2009 edition of the Manual of Surveying Instructions,  the Bureau of Land Management has partnered with the Public Land Survey System Foundation (PLSSF) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). For information on how to order your copy of the Manual,  visit the PLSSF BLM Survey Manual website at:




Manual Presentations 

Manual of Surveying Instructions (2009)

Copies of Agreements

Memorandum of Agreement between the BLM and ACSM.

Charter document for the PLSSF.




The Bureau of Land Management respectfully requests that readers of the Manual of Surveying Instructions (2009) (Manual) report any errors found. Errors should be brought to the attention of the Bureau of Land Management Chief Cadastral Surveyor, by sending an email with the details to Errata and related adjustments are posted here and can be viewed by date or chapter listings.


Robert W. (Bob) Dahl, Cadastral Surveyor
U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management Directorate
Division of Lands, Realty & Cadastral Survey (WO-350)
U.S. Post Office Address: 1849 C St. NW, Room 2134LM, Washington, D.C. 20240
FEDEX, UPS & Street Address:  20 M St. SE, Room 2134LM Washington, D.C. 20003
Voice: (202) 912-7344
Fax: (202) 912-7199



Key Reference Material 

Federal Register Notice of Availability - September 24, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions - Next Edition/2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions

Articles - Various published papers, email, general information.

Manual  presentationsPresentations made discussing the Manual of Surveying Instructions (2009) relative to the practice of private land surveying.






Video highlights of the ceremony of the 2009 Manual of Surveying Instructions.  This cermony was held on September 24, 2009.


Text Version of the ceremony video.



Press the Play button to start.  Please note, it make take a few seconds for the video to begin.