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.

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.

Daneal Lightner, a proud Fairfield Eagle, graduated from the University of Montana in 2012 with a double-major in Political Science and History. She began her career in the non-profit sector in Helena, Montana. She worked as a program manager and as the director of fundraising for the local food bank. She and her husband moved their family home to Choteau in 2019. Daneal applies her previous experience as office coordinator at Morris Land Surveys, supporting existing operations, and assisting with expansion, and development.

Daneal and her husband are parents to three children. She enjoys doing anything that allows her to take advantage of living on the beautiful Rocky Mountain front. Her favorite past-times include camping, boating, or fishing with her husband, kids, family, and friends.