ABOUT

MORRIS LAND SURVEYS

Morris Land Surveys PLLC is a private firm centrally located in Choteau, Montana.  Founded in 2008 by Matthew D Morris, the firm initially provided Professional Land Surveying services throughout North Central Montana.  The firm has grown, along with a loyal client base, to offer services that include: Professional Land Surveying, Civil Engineering, Geographic Information Systems and Mapping, Development Consulting and Permitting, and Construction Inspection Services.

Morris Land Surveys’ philosophy is to provide an unparalleled service to clientele, by producing professional deliverables, based on project parameters, while allowing for personal and professional growth in the field of surveying, engineering, and land development.  The firm is comprised of talented professional personnel and utilizes the most modern equipment to offer efficient professional services, including a full array of land surveying and civil engineering capabilities.  We are fond of the projects we take part in, and enjoy the time we spend developing clientele’s vision into reality.

THE TEAM

Matt Morris, a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and a Business Administration Minor from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Matt began his surveying career while studying at Montana State University. After college graduation, Matt joined Pierson Land Works, LLC in Jackson Wyoming performing multiple tasks associated with surveying. Gaining Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Montana (2007), Matt moved back to Choteau working for the family business, Morris Construction. In 2008 at the request of a few friends in the Choteau community Matt opened Morris Land Surveys, PLLC.

Since opening in 2008 Matt through the firm has completed both minor and major subdivisions of land, and divisions of land exempt from review including family member transfers and boundary line adjustments. Specializing in boundary related services such as researching historic documents related to land ownership and work in the United States Public Land Survey System, Matt is also experienced in all aspects of construction staking. After gaining licensure in Montana, Matt obtained Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Idaho and Wyoming and obtained the credentials to be a Certified Federal Land Surveyor. Matt is the principal of and senior project manager for Morris Land Surveys, PLLC.

Matt is active in the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors and was elected as the President of the North Central Chapter of the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors in 2009, in 2012 was elected to be the President of the Montana Association for the 2013-2014 term, and has been serving as the Montana Director for the National Society of Professional Surveyors since his appointment in 2014. He is also active in the family Construction Business and serves on local civic boards including as the Chairman of the Teton County Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Mark Larson, a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and Engineer Intern, has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Mark began his surveying career while studying at Montana State University working as a Teacher’s Assistant in several surveying classes as well as working for Alpine Surveying in Bozeman during the school year and for Woith Engineering, Inc. in Great Falls during semester breaks. After college graduation, Mark joined Woith Engineering, Inc. performing multiple tasks associated with surveying and engineering, gaining Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Montana in 2011.

Mark has professional experience in both minor and major subdivisions of land, divisions of land exempt from review including family member transfers, boundary line adjustments, and in all aspects of construction staking.

Mark is active in the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors and was elected as the President of the North Central Chapter of the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors in 2012-present. He is also still active in the family Ranching Business, he is an Officer of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron #6, is currently serving as the President of the Trinity Lutheran Church Council, and is a Hunter’s Education Instructor.

Jay Garland, a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, has a bachelor’s of science degree in Engineering Geomatics (Land Surveying) from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. Jay began his surveying career while studying at Idaho State University. After college graduation, Jay joined Montana Northwest Company in Missoula Montana performing multiple tasks associated with surveying. Gaining Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Montana in 2007 and in Idaho in 2010, Jay continued to work for Montana Northwest Company until the spring of 2011. During his time in Montana, Jay and his wife, together with the help of many friends, built a beautiful log home on the banks of the Clark Fork River just west of town.

In the spring of 2011, Jay and his family moved to Gunnison Colorado and joined Schmueser Gordon and Meyer Engineering and Land Surveying (SGM) based out of Glenwood Springs Colorado. Jay became the Survey Office Manager for SGM’s Gunnison office performing multiple tasks associated with land surveying. Gaining Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Colorado 2011, Jay continued to work for SGM until the spring of 2013.

In the spring of 2013, Jay and his family moved back to their home in the Missoula area and joined Erickson Contract Surveying (ECS) based out of Sidney Montana performing multiple tasks associated with land surveying out of his home office. Jay continues to work for ECS on an as needed basis.

In March of 2016, Jay joined Morris Land Surveys performing multiple tasks associated with land surveying from his home office. Jay continues to work for Morris Land Surveys as a full time Project Surveyor.

Jay has been a member of the Montana Association of Registered Land Surveyors, Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors as well as member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado since licensure in those states. Jay is married with three beautiful boys. Jay stays busy with family activities and is an avid outdoor enthusiast enjoying alpine skiing and hunting while fishing the many rivers in Western Montana.

Jesse Patton, a licensed Professional Engineer, has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Civil Engineering degree from Montana State University. While his specialty is land development, he is familiar with a broad range of civil engineering related topics, as well as project development and construction inspection. As a project engineer Jesse’s responsibilities include planning, assessment, design, surveying, and oversight for all civil projects. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Jesse’s experience helps him to develop innovative ways to meet the demands of each of the firm’s projects.

Jesse has been working at consultant engineering firms in Montana for multiple years and acted as an engineer/planner for Malmstrom Air Force Base working on strategic oversight and ten year planning. As a consultant engineer, Jesse has been part of multiple design teams developing major subdivisions, some of which included multiple phases, over 200 residential lots, and an 18-hole golf course. Jesse specializes in designing on-site water systems and sewer treatment systems, writing technical specifications, and preparation of construction drawings. A native of Montana, Jesse continues to develop innovative ways to meet the demands each project offers while maintaining the things that make Montana great.

Cotton D. Jones, a licensed Professional Land Surveyor, has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Certificate of Completion in Land Surveying from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. Cotton began his surveying career in the early 1990’s with Intermountain Professional Services in Cheyenne, Wyoming as well as Steil Serving Service, LLC and AVI, p.c. performing multiple tasks associated with surveying. Gaining Licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in Colorado (2002) and Wyoming (2003), Cotton continued to work for AVI for a short time and later went on to become City Surveyor in Cheyenne and finally Survey Operations Manager for Lochner Engineering in 2006. While employed by Lochner Cotton also became licensed in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and obtained the credentials to be a Certified Federal Land Surveyor in early 2008 which are all still current today. Due to the economic downturn in 2009, Lochner Engineering closed their doors in Wyoming forcing Cotton to open his own survey firm Jones Land Surveying, Inc. which he currently owns and operates in Cheyenne.

Since incorporating the business in 2006 and officially opening the doors for business in 2009, Cotton through the firm has completed both minor and major subdivisions of land, and divisions of land exempt from review including family member transfers and boundary line adjustments. Specializing in boundary related services such as researching historic documents related to land ownership and work in the United States Public Land Survey System, Cotton is also experienced in all aspects of construction staking. Cotton continues as the principal of and senior project manager for Jones Land Surveying, Inc. and assists the staff at Morris Land Surveys as a consulting surveyor.

Cotton is active in the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming and was elected as the President of the Southeast Chapter of the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming in 2005, in 2011 was elected to be the President of the Professional Land Surveyors of Wyoming for the 2011-2013 terms. In 2004 was appointed as the Wyoming Governor/ Director for the National Society of Professional Surveyors and still currently holds this position. He is a member of the University of Wyoming Land Survey Advisory Board and a volunteer for Cheyenne Frontier Days for the past 28 years.

Ryan Casne, a licensed Professional Engineer, has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering from Montana State University of Bozeman, Montana. After graduation Ryan began his engineering career in Bozeman working for both a contractor and engineering firm, while also serving his country as part of the Montana Air National Guard where he served gained experience in material testing, drafting and designing water, storm water and waste water systems. Gaining Licensure as a Professional Engineer in Montana and Washington, Ryan returned to his home town of Helena, Montana where he owns and operates Casne and Associates, Inc.

Since his return to Helena in 2003, Ryan through the firm has designed multiple subdivisions, public water systems, public sewage treatment systems, storm water conveyance and detention systems, roadways and parking lots. Ryan and his firm specialize in the design, permitting and development of cost-effective solutions to complex water, wastewater and storm water related issues.

Ryan continues as the principal of and senior project manager for Casne and Associates, Inc. and assists the staff at Morris Land Surveys as a consulting senior engineer.