The Forest Service will increase the price of its plastic-coated maps for the first time in nearly a decade in 2018.
The map price will increase from $10 to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018, due to increasing costs of production, printing and distribution. Shawnee National Forest sells printed maps at its offices, located in Jonesboro, Vienna and Harrisburg.
The Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance maps. It expects to shorten the revision cycle as cartographers continue to use new digital technology.
The Forest Service also is working to increase the availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded at: https://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.
In addition, there are three ways to order maps from the National Forest Map Store:
2. By phone: (406) 329-3024
3. By US Mail:
USDA Forest Service
National Forest Store
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807
In an effort to help offset the price increase, starting January 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 National Forest Map Store.
The 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. Check out online resources to help you 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
About Shawnee National Forest
Administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shawneenfand Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/shawneenatlforest.
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.