Portland, OR - For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing, and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps. Prices of USFS paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14 on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
The Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance maps. The agency expects to shorten the revision cycle as cartographers continue to apply new digital technology to the map revision process.
The Forest Service is also working to increase the availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded here: http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.
There are three ways to order maps from the National Forest Map Store (NFMS):
National Forest Store
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807
Local Forest Service maps may also be available for purchase from area businesses and at USDA Forest Service visitor centers and district offices. Not all maps will be available at all locations; calling ahead is recommended to ensure the map you need is available and in-stock. For a complete list of Forest Service offices in Washington and Oregon, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/home/?cid=fsbdev2_026675.
In an effort to help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting Jan. 1, 2018 discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more of maps of the same title. Discounted maps are only available when purchased through the NFMS.
The U.S. Forest Service is dedicated in researching, producing and distributing informative, accurate maps that can help improve the experience on America’s national forests and grasslands. Additional online resources that may help users enjoy the great outdoors:
- Interactive Visitor Map to help you find great places to go and explore
- Know Before You Go for tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors and be safe