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US Forest Service: Map Prices to Increase Jan. 1

For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing, and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps. Prices of National Forests and Grasslands in Texas maps will increase to $14 on Jan. 1.

Wilderness map prices will remain at $4.

The Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance 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 availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded at: www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.

Maps are available at these locations:

— Lufkin, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2221 North Raguet St.

— Zavalla, Angelina Ranger Office, 111 Walnut Ridge Rd.

— Ratcliff, Davy Crockett Ranger Office, 18551 Highway 7 East

— Milam, Sabine Ranger Office, 5050 Highway 21 East

— New Waverly, Sam Houston Ranger Office, 394 FM1375 West

— Decatur, Caddo-LBJ Ranger Office, 1400 North Highway 81

Maps are also available for purchase online at: www.NationalForestStore.com. On purchases of 10 or more maps of the same title, discounts are available when purchased through the website.

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 to help you enjoy the outdoors and be safe

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