Do you need a stocking stuffer idea for an outdoor enthusiast?
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 maps. Prices of USFS paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14 on Monday, January 1, 2018.
Forest recreation maps are currently available for $10 at the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF headquarters office and at all ranger district offices until January 1.
“We recommend that all forest users know where they are when recreating or exploring their national forests. The best way to become familiar with an area is with a map,” said Public Service Staff Officer Tim Murphy.
“Now would be a good time to purchase a forest recreation map before the price increases in January. Not only will a forest map help you navigate safely when visiting the national forest, it also makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer,” Murphy added.
The Forest Service continually updates its maps and is also working to increase the availability of digital maps. The price for digital maps will not increase, the cost is $4.99 per side. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded here: http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store.
In an effort to help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting Jan. 1, 2018, discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more maps of the same title. Discounted maps are only available when purchased through the National Forest Map Store.
There are three ways to order maps from the National Forest Map Store:
- Online at www.NationalForestStore.com
- By phone: (406) 329-3024
- By US Mail: USDA Forest Service, National Forest Map Store, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807
(By Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest)