22.214.171.124 Private Surveyors
Land surveyors, photogrammetrists and engineers in private practice have valuable information in their files which we frequently need. Their attitudes and the extent of their cooperation results, largely, from previous contacts. Survey Sections should cultivate good relationships with private firms. Extend full cooperation to them whenever possible (this includes access to our control data and right of way engineering information).
Property which a railroad owns primarily as a landowner (land which does not carry rails) should be regarded as any other private property.
Land which carries rails is called "operating Right-of-Way”. Before entry is made on such property, a notice of entry must be sent. All personnel entering railroad property must have a valid ID indicating railroad safety training within the current year. Right of entry permit must be obtained from Railroad Company.
Stay alert at all times, and remember that you are there to survey safely. Railroad operations are not to be disrupted.
126.96.36.199 Public Lands
Public lands should be treated as special types of private property where attention to additional regulations is required. Some of the types of public lands where you might survey are state parks, national parks, local parks, national forest, wilderness areas, state and national monuments, and historical sites.
188.8.131.52.1 Pre-Entry Activity
Before surveying in agency areas:
A. Contact the person having responsibility for the public facility. (This contact should be made by the crew chief or the crew chief’s immediate supervisor.)
B. Explain the need for the survey, its anticipated duration, and any probable effects on the facility.
C. Learn the requirements for working in these areas: permits, fire regulations, brush cutting procedures, and restriction on vehicular operations. In addition, the Park Supervisor (Ranger) might be able to give valuable information, such as the locations of control points and access roads.
D. Orient each surveyor involved. Tell each about all survey requirements.
E. Obtain required permits.
Forest and park rangers and supervisors are cooperative and helpful when all rules are obeyed. Consulting them in advance will ensure that regulations will not inadvertently be broken.