General notes:'

The ["NGS"] guidelines on writing a ["station"] ["recovery report"] are [http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/ds_lookup.prl?Item=STATION%20RECOVERY here] (the referenced chapter 3 no longer exists). Whether or not you make station recovery reports on the NGS site, their guidelines are good ones to use, having evolved over a lot of time.

Recovery reports use the compass direction and distance from local features such as power poles, centerlines of roads, fire hydrants, and trees to the station.

Distances from features to the station can be reported in either meters or feet, but if feet are used, distances should be reported in tenths of feet, not inches.


Carefully note the current ["datasheet"]'s information on how to find the station and compare it to the current situation. Differences to note and include in your recovery report are:

Even if a station mark is obvious, pretend that it is covered with some grass or soil and then determine if enough information exists to find the mark by measuring distances from local features. If not, add new features with their direction and distance to the station.


In your report, list any features mentioned in the current datasheet that no longer exist. Provide any details that may serve to shorten the search time for the next person who searches for the mark.