Dual Survey

Most of Crestline and all of Birch Hill is located in federal government survey Section 14, and in 1975 a new government survey moved Section 14’s center line north so that the National Forest took over about 18 acres more land than it had before.

This cost many Palomar residents along the entire mile-long line the right to build on their properties. We have recently discovered that the problem extends west from Section 14 into Section 15, because the survey changes the east-west boundary between the two sections.

The PMPO hopes to solve these problems by locating a landowner willing to donate about 18 acres to the Forest Service, in exchange for which the federal government would restore the Section 14 and Section 15 boundary to its long-accepted location.