Young women in a four wheel jeep on a backcountry trail.

WHEELIES ON THE WAYNE

Disclaimer; No wheelies were popped on Forest Service Vehicles. 

Part of being a surveyor is accessing rough terrain and arduously accessible sites to get ubiquitous information of paramount importance. Whacking through troves and thickets of green briar, the thorny weeds will divest your flesh to get to a specific location, oft ostentatious if veracious. Often times however the traverse is rewarding, as the destination will be of a sepulchraly atmospheric dominion which many an indomitable spirit yearns to be endowed of, in which no conniving could detract of. 

One skill I’ve learned surveying is shooting topographical points. This helps you understand the lay of the land and explore the surrounding forest, giving you foresight (no pun intended) on where and how to manage the land. Without getting into too many details, as an engineer and a surveyor, we need to be able to plan ahead and visualize projects and understand/propose the what’s and the how’s in managing a forest operation. 

 Another surveying cornerstone is… finding property cornerstones. Property disputes can often fall in the hands of surveyors, and we will take the hike to help settle the issues. Covering any amount of acreage, we typically set out to obscure corners of property/forest land to find boundaries laid out since the 1800s. Some of these boundaries even date back to the time of the great President George Washington, who was originally a surveyor before the war of independence and the following events. Needless to say, that was a long time ago, and time has continued to put in its hours, rendering many of the original boundary markers missing. and thus making our jobs a surveyors more difficult. Nevertheless it is fun exploring and learning about the history of that land. And seeing lots, and lots, of trees.

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