Forest Visitor Map Price Increase

Release Date: Nov 13, 2017  

Gladstone, MI -- 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 Visitor Maps. Nationally, prices of USFS paper and plastic coated Visitor Maps will increase to $14 on Monday, January 1, 2018. 

The Forest Service continually updates its Visitor Map data and looks for ways to enhance the maps. The Forest Service 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 digital availability of its Forest Visitor Maps. In the future, the Hiawatha's Forest Visitor Map for mobile applications will be available for download here: https://www.avenzamaps.com/maps/search.html. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.

There are curently three easy ways to order Forest Visitor Maps delivered to your door. Contact the National Forest Map Store (NFMS): 

  1. Online: www.NationalForestStore.com
  2. By phone: (406) 329-3024 
  3. By US Mail: USDA Forest Service, National Forest Store, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807.

Hiawatha National Forest Visitor Map (map cover shows Round Island Lighthouse)In an effort to help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting January 1, 2018, discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more of maps of the same title. Discounted Forest Visitor Maps are only available when purchased through the NFMS.  

The Forest Service is dedicated to researching, producing and distributing informative, accurate maps that can help improve the public's experience of America’s national forests and grasslands. Additional online resources that may help users enjoy the great outdoors:

For more information about the Hiawatha's Forest Visitor Maps or to check availability of Forest Visitor Maps at a Forest Service office, contact your local office in advance of your visit: Munising (906) 387-2512, Rapid River/Manistique (906) 474-6442, St. Ignace/Sault Ste Marie (906) 643-7900 or Supervisor's Office (906) 428-5800.

About the Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains world-renowned forestry research and wildland fire management organizations.

National forests and grasslands contribute more than $30 billion to the American economy annually and support nearly 360,000 jobs. These lands also provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities; approximately 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



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