By Matt Bemis, The Huffington,South Carolina Land Surveyors: A guide to the history and future of South Carolina’s surveyors.
The guide includes information on how the state’s surveyor workforce has changed, including how the Bureau of Land Management and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture managed the state land surveyor program.
South Carolina Land Surveys was founded in 1882.
The state has since expanded to cover about 25,000 square miles and is one of the most diverse in the country.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Natural Resources, which administers the state and the nation’s first reservation in the state, also oversee South Carolina land survey operations.
These services, along with the land survey and land acquisition divisions of the state government, provide the land managers with the necessary information to manage and protect land resources.
The State Land Survey and the Surveyors Department are both funded by federal agencies.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) manages land resources, including land and water, and oversees land survey teams.
The State Land and Surveyors are state employees and are also tasked with maintaining and enhancing the state-run land survey organizations.