PLSO The Oregon Surveyor March/April 2022

14 The Oregon Surveyor | Vol. 45, No. 2 Member Spotlight colleagues at the conferences and for learning about legal cases about surveying, which he learns about from the two volumes of the Brian Portwood’s book, The Land Surveyor’s Guide to the Supreme Court of Oregon Vol. 1: 1848–1892 and Volume 2: 1893–1935. At the time of our call, Lincoln County was hiring for a surveyor. Since he knows frompersonal experience that surveyors can become surveyors through a variety of means, he knows how important it is to broaden the field when looking for new surveyors. “Some places to look for surveyors are obvious like on survey parties since somany surveyors inOregonare taking the 12 years of experience route to licensing,” says Adam, “but also considering law school graduates, archaeologists, and historymajors. All of these may in some way relate to aspects of surveying and have some of the needed skills to pursue land surveying. So it’s important to me to think about finding people tomentor froma variety of backgrounds because the interactionwith peers and gaining different perspectives can really broaden your thoughts because different peoplewould approach the same problem in different ways.” Adamgoes back to the notion of Yachats’s 804 Trail, also known as County Road 804. In the past, using the beach as a highway was a normal and obvious thing. “But today, it’s unlikely that you or I would think, ‘Oh, I have to get home from Yachats, I’ll just drive on the beach to get home,’” he remarks. “But at one point that was an entirely obvious perspective and you would think of nothing else.” One more tidbit that Adam shares is that there are some land survey monuments that wash across the ocean from Asia. One of these actually resulted in a book being published, which he provided last year to the PLSO auction. “I got a copy of it from Japan and put it in the auction, along with a survey monument that sort of matched the book,” he says. “That just sort of highlights that land surveying is a profession and practice that goes around the world. Everyone is monumenting boundaries throughout time and throughout all geographies.” The book, which is called Little Orca’s 5000 Mile Odyssey, is away that young kids could get interested in surveying. Adam also donated a copy to the library. x continuedT Eli Adam returning to the Willamette Stone, once licensed. The Willamette Stone, where it all begins, with exam materials. Eli Adam on corner preservation work. Road work along the beautiful “eastern shore of the pacific ocean” (as one plat calls it), or more sarcastically, the harsh conditions of coastal surveying. Exam materials at the Willamette Stone, post exam.