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Ron Gropp
Private Forestry Staff Specialist
608-267-7659
Rob Anderson
Private Forestry Specialist
608-266-9275
Use the Forestry Assistance Locator to find Cooperating Foresters or DNR Service Foresters for your county or view the current Directory of Foresters [PDF].

Legal description

A legal description is used to describe the location of your land in legal documents (for example, the deed to your land).

The Public Land Survey System (PLSS) is used in legal descriptions. It employs a grid system based on township, range and section numbers. Here's an example of a PLSS legal description:

N 1/2 SE 1/4, SW 1/4, S24, T32N, R18E

For details on what these numbers mean, go through the quick PLSS tutorial [PDF].

You can find the township, range and section information on:

  • your property tax bill or property deed;
  • plat maps (available by contacting your county clerk or from various mapping companies);
  • U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps (available by calling USGS at 1-800-872-6277);
  • maps such as the ones in the Wisconsin Atlas & Gazetteer, produced by DeLorme Mapping Company (available at many gas stations, bookstores and discount stores); and
  • county highway department maps.
Last revised: Thursday October 15 2015