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U.S. Forest Service updating website to provide maps

March 11, 2014

The Forest Service is working on the first phase of a website redesign that focuses on a map-based tool for planning trips to the nation’s forests, grasslands and other special places. 

The redesign is expected to debut early this year.

The Forest Service says it will offer access to various visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices. That will be useful in national forest areas where internet connections aren’t available.

Officials say the app and static maps work well if users download the maps prior to their visit to the national forests and grasslands. The apps and maps also will be useful for wildland firefighters.

In geographic areas with internet availability, users will be able to use the products with live data. The interactive map is expected to be available on a limited basis starting in March.

The Forest Service’s seven regions are tasked with uploading maps. Users should contact the regional offices where a forest or grassland is located if maps aren’t available on the app.

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