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Two Government Groups To Sell Maps

April 18, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Planning summer hikes and camping trips could get a bit easier this year, using joint map sales sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Forest Service.

Forest Service maps previously available only from agency offices and limited retail outlets will now be offered also through the Geological Survey’s map sales program so customers can buy maps from both organizations at the same time.

The Geological Survey distributes about 3 million paper maps every year.

The agreement announced Wednesday is an expansion of a pilot program begun two years ago in the Rocky Mountain region.

Under the program Forest Service maps can be ordered from the Geological Survey or any of its authorized resellers.

Geological Survey topographic maps usually show both natural features, such as mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, rivers and vegetation, and constructed features, such as roads, boundaries, transmission lines and major buildings.

A Forest Service map will complement these features with information on available recreation use, local plant and wildlife, trails and visitor centers, available facilities, campgrounds and picnic areas, color photographs of points of interest and activities.

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On the Net: Geological Survey maps: http://mapping.usgs.gov/

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