AAPL Announces Surface Use and Access Seminar

The AAPL will be hosting the ‘Surface Use & Access Seminar’ at the West Bay Beach Resort, 615 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020! Click here for more information 

The one-day event will run from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and the cost is $300 for AAPL members and $425 for non-members.  AAPL members that attendee will receive 6 continuing education credits.



Surface Use and Access is designed to familiarize Land professionals with surface rights and the myriad issues associated with acquiring, exercising and preserving those rights. It focuses on why, when and what rights may be needed, and how to research and protect existing rights. It discusses a variety of surface-related contracts and their use. There is commentary on easement valuation, damage claim investigation and resolution, and the challenges of governmental permitting. Finally, it examines the importance of building relationships with regulatory agencies and the public.


  • Understanding Ownership & Real Property Rights
  • Sources of Property Rights Easement
  • Valuation
  • Surface Damages & Claim Settlement
  • Damage Calculation & Valuation Methodology
  • Interfacing with Public Officials
  • Ethics of Dealing with Regulators & the Public


8:00 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - Morning Session

Module 1 – The Basics: Real Property Ownership

Module 2 – Surface Work: Key Activities and Responsibilities

12:00 pm Lunch (not provided)

1:00 pm Afternoon Session

Module 2 – Key Activities and Responsibilities (continued)

Module 3 – Permitting, Compliance and Dealing with the Public

Module 4 – Key Surface-Related Contracts and Agreements

Bonus Section – How to Deal with Really Difficult Landowners

4:00 pm Adjourn

This popular event is limited to the first 40 paid participants and sells out quickly, so sign up today!

Registration is available through the AAPL education calendar page - visit www.landman.org for more information.  Please note that Professional Development Aid (f/k/a Tuition Assistance) is available for AAPL members.  To apply, please go to the AAPL website (www.landman.org) and click on the ‘Education’ tab and scroll down to the ‘Professional Development Aid’ link – there you will find information about the program and a request form. 

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