General notes:'

The NGS guidelines on writing a station recovery report are 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.

If there are any reference marks, azimuth marks, or witness marks associated with the station and you find them, include these finds in your report, and report any changes regarding them. If you search for, and fail to find any of these associated marks, provide the details of your search. If there are associated marks described in your datasheet and you did not search for them for any reason, report that you did not search for them.


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.

If there are any reference marks, azimuth marks, or witness marks associated with the station, and you find them, include these finds in your report, including any changes from their description in the datasheet regarding them.

If you believe the station is destroyed, describe the findings that cause you to believe that.