U.S. Service Definitions for Land Surveyors

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—A federal agency whose main objective is to produce a variety of maps such as topographic, thematic any specialized maps, especially of the United States.

U.S. Public Land Survey System—The set of rules and procedures for setting boundaries of public lands and parts, as established and used by the Bureau of Land Management and its predecessors. In particular, the rules according to which subdivisions of the public lands were classified by size and location. The U.S. Public Land Survey System is frequently used for designating the location of a parcel of land.

USCA—U. S. Code Annotated.

USC&GS—U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

USDA—U. S. Department of Agriculture.

use plat—See plat, use.

USFS—U. S. Forest Service.

USLM—U. S. Location Monument.

USMM—U. S. Mineral Monument. The term was formerly used when a monument was established in connection with a mineral survey. It is seen in older field notes and on monuments established prior to its discontinuation. See also monument, location.

USMS—United States Mineral Survey.

USS—United States Survey; used in Land Status Records.

UTC—See Time, Coordinated Universal (UTC).

Source: NSPS “Definitions of Surveying and Related Terms“, used with permission.

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