Forest Service Offers Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

Nov 21, 2013 11:37 AM

The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to visitor maps for adventurers with Android and iOS Devices

The digital maps are part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s effort to reach President Obama’s initiative in creating a paperless government and provide the American public with more accessible information.

“This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland,” said, Tom Tidwell, a U.S. Forest Service Chief. “By putting important forest service information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests.”

Along with the new app, the Forest Service is also working on the first phase of redesigning their website, which is expected to make its debut in early 2014. The site will focus on a map-based tool for planning trips onto our nation’s greatest national treasures.

The PDF Maps Mobile App is available as a free download from iTunes and Android Play Store. It will provide access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, according to the Forest Service’s press release. Pages from National Forest Atlases are 99 cents and prices are pending for other agency maps. App users can also purchase and download professionally created maps, use maps based on GPS availability, measure distances and areas, find coordinates, open a current view in Google maps, plot place marks, add notes, and add photos as attributes. The Forest Service indicated nearly 700 Forest Service Maps are available through the app.

Paper maps will still be made available online at the National Forest Store.


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