Introduction to PLSS
One of the databases that makes it easy to map your farm or ranch is PLSS. You can read more about it in
A basic building block with which we work is a quarter quarter section (qqsection), which is oftentimes
a 40 acre parcel. You can add any of them to your farm definition. For standard qq sections we have an
algorithmic approximate generation of quarter quarter quarter quarter sections (q4section), which allows
building blocks down to a 2.5 acre parcel.
Our database also contains lots, which are irregular size and shape due to the curvature of the Earth.
In order to use full PLSS functionality and search by township, range and section you will need to
log into the system using a Google, Facebook or Twitter account. This will also allow saving of the
project so that you can work in stages.
Farm parcel identification
Our system identifies every qqsection by drilling down some hierarchical information about it:
- Meridian - identified by the name, for example "Boise Meridian"
- Township - identified by Township index and direction from baseline, for example "7S", which means
seventh township south of baseline
- Range - identified by Township index and direction from the principal meridian, for example "4E",
which means fourth township east of the meridian
- Section - identified by Section number within a township, for example "22"
- quarter quarter identified by four letter location designator, for example "NENW", which means
northeast quarter of northwest quarter of the section
On our items list display the qqsection is represented as "Boise Meridian 7S 4E 22 NENW"
To identify q4sections we just add additional four letters to location designator for example "Boise
Meridian 7S 4E 22 NWNWSWNW"