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•  PUBLIC LAND SURVEY SYSTEM UNITS  •

The Public Land Survey System or PLSS was used in many areas of the country (including Wisconsin) to partition land for homesteading. It's the "Town, Range, Section" jargon that seems so opaque when first encountered. There is lots of good information on the web, especially when the federal government is up and running.

Survey Name, Town, Range and Section
A list of the PLSS units (at least to section) is essential project planning information. One piece of information that is often neglected is the survey name. At last count there were 28 different Public Land Surveys, so there are a lot of places in the country that have the same set of Town, Range and Section values. Information for the sections that intersect the UW-Green Bay campus is as follows:

  • Survey name: Fourth principle extended
  • S22, S23, S24, S25, S26, S27, T24N, R21E