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Standards for Federal Lands Boundary Evidence Approved

Department of the Interior (DOI), Departmental Manual, Part 600, Chapter 5, Standards for Federal Lands Boundary Evidence, has been approved. The Standards provide Department-wide guidance and instruction to reduce conflicts over Federal interest assets and minimize unnecessary land surveys.

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Upcoming Live Continuing Education Courses

The CFedS Program will be presenting an IBLA continuing education (CE) course worth 2 CFedS CE credits at the following five conferences in the coming months:

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Cadastral Builds Program that Serves Tribes, Protects Lands

Although marking a boundary seems simple enough, it is a part of a very important initiative that relies on its many interwoven tasks.

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New Qualification for CFedS Program

The Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) program has recently modified the qualification for enrollment in the program. Pre-registered/pre-licensed applicants who have passed the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Surveying examination are now eligible to enroll in the program. Pre-registered/pre-licensed applicants who pass the CFedS examination will not become certified until they become registered/licensed in at least one State, territory, or the District of Columbia. In the interim between passing the CFedS examination and becoming registered they will have the same continuing education and renewal requirements as CFedS.

Providing CFedS Program training to pre-registered/pre-licensed surveyors benefits the BLM, trust beneficiaries, other Federal land management agencies, and the public by providing future local surveyors with specialized training developed by Cadastral Survey. This is unique training, to Federal standards, that is not available elsewhere. The CFedS Program training is proven to enhance the quality of surveying services offered in Indian Country as well as on the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) in general.

Thanks to the CFedS Panel for their work on this issue.

Here is a link to the Instruction Memorandum.

Added: Wednesday, September 12, 2012