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Township, Range, and Section (TRS) Boundaries, Minnesota

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

The TRS digital data set represents the Township, Range, and Section boundaries of the state. Beginning in the late 1840s, the federal government began surveying Minnesota as part of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). The resulting network of land survey lines divided the state into townships, ranges, sections, quarter sections, quarter-quarter sections and government lots, and laid the groundwork for contemporary land ownership patterns. The township, range and section boundaries were digitized at MnGeo (formerly known as the Land Management Information Center - LMIC) from stable base mylars of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 30-minute latitude by 60-minute longitude map series (1:100,000-scale). All survey lines were extended across water bodies despite the fact that U.S. Geological Survey base maps depict them only on land. This addition allows all sections and townships to be represented as closed areas (polygons) ensuring that township and range location can be determined for any point in the state. It also means that the data set is not affected if lake levels change over time.

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Metadata Date February 19, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 1999 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 19, 2016
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) January 1, 1999 (publication)
Responsible Party Minnesota Geospatial Information Office (MnGeo) (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Use Constraints: Redistribution conditions: In obtaining this data from MnGeo, it is understood that you and/or your organization have the right to use it for any purpose. If you modify it, you are encouraged to apply responsible best practices by documenting those changes in a metadata record. If you transmit or provide the data to another user, it is your responsibility to provide appropriate content, limitation, warranty and liability information as you see fit., Access Constraints: None
Bbox East Long -89.0
Bbox North Lat 49.5
Bbox South Lat 43
Bbox West Long -97.5
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Graphic Preview Description Sample of T34 R25W, showing county, township and range, and section boundaries
Graphic Preview File
Harvest Object Id 00f5a01e-b639-4952-b516-fa83c38c473d
Harvest Source Id df350285-8807-4289-913e-a4c9d489b765
Harvest Source Title Minnesota Geospatial Information Office
Licence MnGeo's data disclaimer is online:
Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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