Cartographer Wins Award For Wild And Scenic Map

  • By Paul Wade, Public Affairs Specialist, Regional Office, Pacific Southwest Region
Daniel Spring works on his maps on his computer. Award certificate.
Daniel Spring lies on top of some of the maps he has created.

Daniel Spring lies on top of some of the maps he has created. He even designed a 100 foot floor map of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. (USDA Forest Service photo by Paul Wade)

Map of California's Wild and Scenic Rivers and Trails.

Map of California's Wild and Scenic Rivers and Trails.

If you go exploring with Daniel Spring you might never get lost.

Spring is a cartographer with 18 years of map making experience at the USDA Forest Service. He has created and edited hundreds of maps ranging from detailed recreation maps, to regional thematic maps, to a 100 foot long floor map of the Pacific Crest Trail.

You might have carried one made by him while exploring a national forest in California.

Celebrating 50 Years

Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications, recently awarded him second place in their Map Gallery category at their annual Esri User Conference in San Diego for the work he did on a reference map celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.

The map features a colorful array of snaking lines depicting 35 congressionally designated National Scenic, Historic and Recreation Trails as well as Wild and Scenic rivers throughout California.

“I’ve really enjoyed working on this map. All are enjoyable to me but this one had a special meaning.”

Spring added, “With the 50th anniversary this year, and with all the pictures and talks of these wonderful protected places, I felt that the one missing piece was a map showing where they all were and how they were interconnected, with each other and with other special places in California.”

“I had seen individual maps of congressionally designated trails and rivers throughout California, but I had never seen a map of California that pulled them all together, onto one map.”

Maps make a Difference

About the award, Spring says, “To be recognized is nice but the real reward is seeing the maps being used—knowing that people are discovering things or using them to find their way.”

“I love my job and how maps make a difference.”