Free download: Forest Service app provides access to nearly 700 maps

Staff reportNovember 24, 2013 

A new app from the U.S. Forest Service offers access to a variety of visitor maps for Android and iOS devices.

The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems, is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents and forest visitor maps are $4.99, according to the news release. Prices are pending for other agency maps.

Almost 700 Forest Service maps are available through the app.

The maps are geo-referenced with the user’s location appearing as a blue dot. The app works on iPhones (3GS or newer) and iPads with WiFi+3G. It also works with Android 4 or newer operating systems on devices with at least 1 gigabyte of memory.

Paper maps are still available for purchase online at the National Forest Store at nationalforeststore.com.

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