California National Forest maps go mobile
May 6, 2013
Now there's a new, lighter and more convenient way to view your National Forest maps.
In response to a survey concerning U.S. Forest Service map availability, all forest visitor maps and quad maps covering portions of California are available for purchase through the Avenza PDF Maps application. This app is free of charge and available for most Apple iOS products. The app can be downloaded directly to your device through the iTunes store; you can go to the Avenza website at http://pdf-maps.com/android/beta to get a beta version of the app for Android devices.
The Forest Service has determined this application is the best for displaying Forest Visitor Maps, Forest Atlas pages, Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Motor Vehicle Opportunity Guides. Forest Visitor maps and Forest Atlas pages are available for $3.99 and 99 cents, respectively. The Motor Vehicle Use Maps and Motor Vehicle Opportunity Guides will be free of charge and available starting in January.
The maps are geo-referenced and will work in conjunction with the GPS-enabled iOS devices (iPhone 3GS and higher/ iPads with 3G/LTE). A link will be available through the "Maps and Publication" section of the R5 website, http://fs.usda.gov/r5/maps-pubs/. Look for the PDF Map button.
Once you have downloaded and installed the free PDF Maps app on your device, you can purchase and download professionally created maps; view your location using the integrated GPS, even without a wireless connection or cellphone signal; search for places and points of interest on any map; and measure distances and areas.