Outdoors

New DNR maps include shaded terrain markings

The state Department of Natural Resources has printed updates of three maps: Forks (the Olympic Peninsula), Hermiston (the Columbia Gorge), and Chehalis River (southwest Washington).

The maps show roads, property boundaries, trails, recreation sites and other information about public lands.

The public lands quadrangle maps produced by the agency are popular with hunters, backcountry hikers and others who use public lands for outdoor recreation, according to a department news release. The maps also are used by emergency responders.

Each full-color map shows the landscape in a 1:100,000 scale (1 inch equals about 1.6 miles) and covers an area of around 1,600 square miles. The 26-inch by 37-inch maps use shaded relief to indicate terrain, as well as show highways, roads, trails, water features, wildlife areas and other features. The maps also denote lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as lands managed by federal and other public agencies.

The maps are part of a series of 50 maps the department publishes. They cost $9 each, plus shipping costs and sales tax for Washington state residents. Discounts are available for large purchases.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

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