Neches Wildlife Management Area Tract Acquisition

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Cherokee County, Texas

Shine | DCCM was selected to survey the boundaries of 250 acres in Cherokee County, which included several miles of Neches River gradient boundary, a river cut-off area, highway frontage, oil and gas operations, utility easements, and a railroad transecting the tracts. Shine | DCCM requested the right of entry, setting of control, location of existing monumentation and setting new monumentation where needed, preparation of plats, and legal descriptions for transactions.

Shine | DCCM performed deed research to ascertain current record ownership and parent tracts, easements, utilities, and oil and gas records. Records from TxDOT and Missouri Pacific Railroad were acquired. Research on original grants was conducted using GLO archival records. Historic aerials and topographic maps were used to determine the nature of changes in river course.

We set benchmarks to be accessed and relied upon by other entities in transactions utilizing GPS. The gradient boundary was surveyed on the Neches River in accordance with Oklahoma v. Texas, 260 US 606 (1923). A cut-off of the river (also a county line) had occurred, so this required ascertaining if the state maintained a claim to cut-off and the flow of the river. All corners, lines, and improvements were included in this survey. Plat and metes-and-bounds were prepared for the three tracts comprising 250 acres.

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