HLS Field Notes

Welcome to the official Holman Land Surveying, Inc. blog, HLS Field Notes.

We hope you enjoy our effort to share useful information as well as some of the glamorous day-to-day activities of a land surveying firm in San Juan County, Washington.

Summer Surveying in the San Juans

#IslandLife for Holman Land Surveying (HLS) means numerous waterfront project locations. These projects generally include but are not limited to: ALTA surveys, LOMAs, tree removal plans, site plans, and boundary surveys. One of our ongoing and complex projects, truly a west side wonder, recently involved locating extreme low tide to survey the outer boundary of our clients’ second-class tidelands. We even got to feast our eyes on a towering cedar that a certified arborist believes is 400-500 years old… wow! Contact us for your project estimate.

Hidden Corner

Moss-covered fern?


Heading out into the field is one of the many reasons I love land surveying. Each project is different in its own way, and locating property corners is no exception. To most, this photo just looks like a moss-covered fern next to a puddle but it is actually a cleverly disguised property corner.

Historical Land Survey Records

Waterfront Property Corner

Andy Holman, PLS, preparing to set a waterfront property corner.


In Washington State, we have the benefit of the Survey Recording Act which was established in 1973 by House Bill No. 284 and, per RCW 58.09, “provides a method for preserving evidence of land surveys by establishing standards and procedure for monumenting and for recording a public record of the surveys”.  The Survey Recording Act was created for a variety of reasons including protection of the public.  Protection of the public is paramount and one of the fundamental canons of Professional Land Surveyors.  Washington has required the recording of certain documents with the County Auditor’s office for over 40 years, making those records readily available to you and me.

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