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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 03/18/11
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    
  (307) 775-6014    

BLM Surveyors Celebrate National Surveyor's Week

In celebration of National Surveyor's Week, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) surveyors are joining forces with their counterparts across the country to collect mapping information.

On March 19, surveyors from all 50 states will set up on pre-existing survey monuments to determine latitude and longitude utilizing the state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS). The information will be used to update digital maps and could ultimately redefine the shape of the earth.

BLM Wyoming's Chief Cadastral Surveyor John Lee said, "We'll have three surveyors set up on designated spots around Cheyenne with GPS receivers to provide information for the National Spatial Reference System. We'll collect the data for four hours. Ultimately, this will improve the accuracy of our maps. This information, in the past has re-shaped what we thought about the earth's shape."

In addition to BLM employees, the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming will also participate.

For more information, contact John Lee at 307-775-6216.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 03-18-2011