grid system, based on township, range, and section, used for land ownership referenced in portions of the United States.
The survey system used in the original land survey conducted by the U.S. Government in order to transfer title of federally owned land. Its major divisions are townships, ranges, sections, government lots and divisions of sections. The PLSS is important in land ownership descriptions, but its section corners may or may not have geodetic control coordinates (coordinates representing a position on the earth in an established coordinate system) established for them.
A system established in 1785 by the Federal Government, providing for surveying and describing land by reference to principal meridians and base lines. Also called the rectangular or government survey.
A rectangular survey system that utilizes 6-mile-square townships as its basic survey unit. The location of townships is controlled by baselines and meridians running parallel to latitude and longitude lines. Townships are defined by range lines running parallel (north-south) to meridians and township lines running parallel (east-west) to baselines. The PLSS was established in the United States by the Land Ordinance of 1785.3
A national set of maps showing section lines, section corners, and Township/Range boundaries.
The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) is a method used in the United States to survey and identify land parcels, particularly for titles and deeds of rural, wild or undeveloped land. Its basic units of area are the township and section. It is sometimes referred to as the rectangular survey system, although non rectangular methods such as meandering can also be used.