Rolla, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has promoted Darrell Pratte, a 23-year department employee, to head its Land Survey Program and serve as the state land surveyor. The Land Survey Program and the office of State Land Surveyor reside in the department's Division of Geology and Land Survey, which is located in Rolla.
"Darrell is an extremely valuable asset to the
Division of Geology and Land Survey," said Joe Gillman, division director and
state geologist. "I am very pleased that Darrell has accepted this position of
leadership, and I expect him to continue a long tradition of excellence within
the Land Survey Program. Darrell brings experience from the private and public
sector dealing with land boundary issues in Missouri."
Pratte is a
professional land surveyor who joined the department in 1986. He succeeds J.
Michael Flowers, who retired July 1.
"I have had the opportunity to
learn much from the private sector, spending 12 years with Smith and Company,
the largest engineering and surveying firm between St. Louis and Memphis, and on
the public side, working for the only two other people to serve as state land
surveyor, Bob Myers and Mike Flowers," said Pratte, a Poplar Bluff
"Being a professional land surveyor is all I wanted to do since I
was in high school. Now I find myself in a position to serve the citizens of
Missouri by helping preserve the land survey records and the marks that have
been left behind by the surveyors who came before."
The Land Survey
Program's primary responsibility is to develop and provide information required
for the accurate and economical location of property boundaries in Missouri.
Pratte and his staff maintain more than 1.8 million land survey records and
participate in county surveyor partnerships that assist in reestablishing lost
survey corners, which are the basis for all land surveys in
Pratte has experience in all facets of the Land Survey Program.
He was a project surveyor in the cadastral survey section for 14 years where he
worked with county and private surveyors on a variety of projects from corner
restoration and retracement surveys of county lines to surveying township and
range lines. Pratte's most recent cadastral project, which was a large
undertaking by the department, involved retracing 40 miles of line between
Missouri and Arkansas from the southwest corner of Missouri, east along the
south line of McDonald County and part of Barry County, Missouri to mile point
205, which is near the corner of Carroll and Benton counties in
Serving most recently as the geodetic survey section chief,
Pratte led a team of land surveyors and technicians responsible for managing the
Geodetic Survey Network for the state, determining the precise points on the
earth's surface in support of mapping, boundary determination, property
delineation, infrastructure development, resource evaluation surveys and
scientific applications. Geodetic surveys are the foundation for mapping
projects from tax assessment to E-911. These surveys can be used to ensure that
property rights are not violated. Additionally, staff recently collected
elevation data for each station. "Knowing precise elevations aids local
emergency planners in building better flood maps, designing bridges and other
structures built in or near flood-prone areas," said Pratte.
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