Congratulations to the October 2019 CFedS


  • Thomas Hannah
  • Joseph Kraft
  • Michael Riley
  • Aaron Skattum
  • Keith Whisenhunt
  • Adam Weirich

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2019 APLS Conference - Private-Federal Boundary Determination

For those CFedS who attended the Arizona (APLS) 2019 Convention CFedS Workshop: Private-Federal Boundary Determination – Scottsdale, Arizona May 9, 2019, you can download the workshop handout by selecting the link below.

You will receive a total of 2 CFedS Continuing Education Credits upon successfully passing the quiz.

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Washington DC Chief Cadastral Surveyor Announced

The BLM is happy to announce that Dominica Van Koten has been selected as the new permanent Washington DC Chief Cadastral Surveyor. Dominica has spent the last 11 years as the BLM Eastern States Office, Chief Cadastral Surveyor.

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ANNOUNCEMENT - New CFedS Panel Chairperson

Don Buhler, BLM Chief Cadastral Surveyor, has announced the appointment of John “Steve” Parrish as the new Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) Panel Chairperson. He will replace Ron Scherler, who has elected to step into a retirement role and spend more time with his family and community volunteer work.

We sincerely appreciate Ron’s commitment to our Cadastral community and the solid CFedS Program he has so generously helped develop. There will be a brief transition period wherein Ron and Steve will coordinate while Steve gets familiar with the administrative operations of the Chairperson position.

Steve resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife Gloria and their 14-year old granddaughter, Aryelle. Steve began surveying with the U.S. Forest Service in 1963, acquired his Utah PLS in 1973 and worked in a variety of land surveying positions with the USFS through 1984. In early 1985 he began working for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and eventually served as the BLM Nevada Cadastral Chief.

Steve left the government in late 1995 to pursue private surveying experience. He is licensed in 10 western states, a Nevada water rights surveyor and provided contract county surveyor services for Inyo, Modoc and Mono Counties in California from 1999-2012. Steve is one of the contributors to “The Surveying Handbook” edited by Brinker and Minnick, has presented workshops in 27 States and Canada, and was an instructor for the BLM/FS Advanced Cadastral Survey Courses for 12 years.

Steve shares his 52+ years of land surveying knowledge and experience through participation in state association land surveying workshops, consulting, and expert witness testimony. He worked for Tri State Surveying in Sparks, Nevada from 1999-2012, is an adjunct professor in the 4-year survey program for Great Basin College (Elko, NV), acquired his Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) certificate in 2007 and received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in May 2009. He is presently employed by Lumos & Associates (Reno, NV) and is the Alpine County Surveyor (CA). He is active in state and national surveying organizations and enjoys travel with his family, photography, and fishing.

During the transition, both Steve and Ron can be reached at Please join Training Solutions Plus in welcoming Steve to the CFedS Family.

Added: Friday, June 2, 2017

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