Those of us who toil in media are forever challenged with “audience engagement.” In other words, “Can we talk? Please!”

Seems simple enough, right? It’s anything but … and there’s a great reason why. The audiences we are charged to both serve and embrace are smart, perpetually evolving and, most importantly, always correct. If media are honest, we’ll readily admit that we’re playing catch-up most if not all of the time, trying to follow where you need and want us to be. Only once we get there can we truly talk and, by then, you’ve more than likely already started moving on. Hence, our forever challenge.

Here at POB, though, we have an advantage and one that we are so very proud of. RPLS Network ( is what we classify in this modern era as “the community platform” in our digital presence. I just prefer to call it a testament to a great, proven profession. The Registered Professional Land Surveyors who have built RPLS Network into the go-to online place to discuss, debate, help and commiserate with their colleagues provide the true content that’s important to them … not us. Sure, I may wander along and throw my two cents into the forum from time to time, but it’s the fact that RPLS Network is by you for you that makes it work so well.

A great recent example, started by John Smith_4:

Hi everyone. Novice here.

I’m mapping vintage leases in Louisiana and ran across a legal description that stumped me. I am reaching out to this community for help.

My understanding is that four 40-acre lots bound the North and West boundaries of Section 1-6 and 7-31 with Section 6 having 40-acre lot numbers 1-4 and 5-7.

My legal description reads:

Lot 4 of the Francis Broussard Partition, Plat recorded in Conveyance Book 82, … Located in Sec. 17 & 18, T11S-R3W, Less and Except …

So, if the description just said Sec. 18, I wouldn’t have much of a problem mapping the 40-acre square (minus the Less and Except). But how can Lot 4 be in Section 17 and 18??????

Among the responses came this from Mark Meador:


It sounds like you’ve got a partition survey either by court order or by agreement. By which I mean to say there may have been a one-time undivided ownership in a large tract which individual owners either by court order or by their choice choose to segregate their percentage interest in the overall tract into smaller individual tract. In essence, creating a subdivision or official tract split. I’m only familiar with NW LA, but by experience I’ve found maps of the partition survey either attached as an exhibit to associated deeds or sometimes maybe filed in the map records. I’d first try to research some adjoining deeds and see if you can pick up an attached map.

Folks, if that isn’t “audience engagement,” I guess I’m left scratching my head yet again. I’d say we’re good here, though.

Can we talk? We sure can. And thank you for that.

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