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Thursday, March 31, 2022
11:00 am – 4:00 pm CST


Presented by:
Wendy Lathrop, PLS, CFM

What is a “Railroad” by Law? (and why does it matter?)
Highway or utility – public rights and railroad responsibilities
The effects of railroads on development of the US
The evolution of the regulatory framework affecting railroads in the US

Railroad Records and Regulation
Finding information about physical, legal, and historical railroad aspects
The birth of Rails to Trails
Railroad abandonment
What “abandonment” means, physically and legally
The process for abandonment

Examining the Extent, Type, Location and Time/Duration of Railroad Rights
Deciphering if railroads acquired ownership or easement or other rights
The extent of railroad rights, and significance to landowners and railroads
Shared uses of the railroad corridor
Decisions relating to Rails-to-Trails conversions


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Land Surveyors:
4.0 PDHs
4.0 Florida CE Credits

Professional Engineers:
4.0 PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information

Tracking the Railroads
This webinar is open to the public and offers 4.0 PDHs to professional engineers and land surveyors in most states. No credit is offered to land surveyors licensed in Delaware, New Jersey, or Rhode Island.

This educational activity has been evaluated and accredited by The Practicing Institute of Engineering for 4.0 PDHs. It is deemed approved for New York Engineers and Land Surveyors via this accreditation (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2)).

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has assigned this course number 10136 for Florida surveyors.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for land surveyors licensed in Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland and North Carolina (S-0130).


Wendy Lathrop PLS CFM CFS

President and Owner of Cadastral Consulting, LLCMs. Lathrop is licensed as a professional land surveyor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, and as a professional planner in New Jersey. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and has been involved in surveying since 1974 in projects ranging from construction to boundary to environmental land use disputes. Ms. Lathrop is also a Certified Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Flood Plain Managers and a Certified Floodplain Surveyor in New Jersey. A former adjunct instructor at Mercer County College in New Jersey, she has also taught as part of the team for the licensing exam review course at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Lathrop has been teaching seminars for surveyors since 1986 and has been writing articles for surveyors since 1983. She is a contributing editor for The American Surveyor magazine, and she has four articles included in the American Bar Association’s text, Land Surveys: A Guide for Lawyers and Other Professionals. She and Stephen V. Estopinal, PLS, PE co–authored a book entitled Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2011. She is also on the faculty of GeoLearn, a web-based educational provider. Ms. Lathrop is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors and of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and she has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Geodetic Surveying.