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Texas landowners applaud suspension of surveys along Red River boundary

from NSPS

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has halted the controversial Obama-era land surveys along the Red River boundary with Oklahoma which was deemed a 90,000-acre land grab. Several landowners, three counties and one sheriff sued the BLM in 2015 in federal court, claiming it is "well-established" that Texas begins at the southern bank of the Red River and federal ownership is limited to the bottom half of the sandy riverbed outside of the state. The lawsuit says the BLM claims the boundary extends past that, sometimes by over a mile. BLM has denied that it plans to engage in a future “land grab” around the Red River, but landowners still alleged that the surveys meant the federal government claimed it owns up to 90,000 acres of Texas land along 117 miles of the river. Steve Beyerlein, acting BLM chief cadastral surveyor, said the land surveys may be cancelled, corrected or reinstated after an investigation is conducted. This issue was the subject of litigation, Congressional legislation, and a presentation at the 2016 MAPPS-NSPS National Surveying, Mapping, and Geospatial Conference. more

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