26Oct/11

BLM Maps for Montana

An excellent map is of great value to all outdoorsmen like prairie and upland hunters, anglers and backpackers. It helps them identify various public and private land types. A GPS app also proved invaluable in finding difficult places to hunt. BLM maps for Montana as add-on purchase for BackCountry Navigator PRO will accurately guide you without the fear of ending up on private land. 

Bureau of Land Management in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota care for 8.3 million acres of public land in the three states as well as 47 million acre of mineral estates. These public lands contain energy and mineral production, vast expanses of open space, breathtaking scenery, recreation opportunities, national monuments, grazing livestock, historic and prehistoric sites, wildlife, wild horses, watersheds, timbered mountains, and rolling prairies. These lands are covered by BackCountry Navigator's BLM maps for Montana.

Montana represents the untamed, the wild and the natural. Starting with The Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, the "Big Sky State" is magnificent in every sense of the word. Mountains seem to go on forever. The Glacier National Park boasts acres of pristine forests, awesome mountains, wildlife, and spectacular, transparent lakes.   

The Yellowstone National Park's hot springs, shooting fountains, roaring waterfalls and herds of iconic wildlife lies between mountain ranges that don't have names yet. With BackCountry Navigator BLM maps of Montana, you won't get lost in nameless places.

Scattered in the valleys are small towns of friendly locals. Learn about American Indian culture  from one of Montana’s 12 tribes, or study and experience the ways of the West while vacationing on a guest ranch. 

There are six tourism regions, because Montana offers almost too much for one state. 
Glacier Country Montana 
Farmer’s markets abound, sailors drop their centerboards in the turquoise waters of Flathead Lake, and cherry orchards blossom along the flanks of the Mission Mountains.  

Russell Country Montana
Russell Country bridges the gap between mountains and rolling prairies. Whether you paddle a canoe down the wild and scenic, history-rich Missouri River, camp along its White Cliffs or watch the magical spring migration of snow geese flocking to the waters of Freezeout Lake, this region is full of stunning diversions. And, don’t miss the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls.  

Missouri River Country
The rolling, short grass prairies of Missouri River Country are a wildlife-rich tract of level open land for sportsmen. This slice of Big Sky Country offers you opportunities to troll for trophy walleye in the waters of Fork Peck Reservoir, stalk elusive pronghorn antelope or hunt for that perfectly preserved dinosaur fossil.  

Custer Country
Take a walk in General Custer’s boots at the Bighorn Battlefield. Retrace the steps of Lewis and Clark with a visit to Pompey’s Pillar. Visit the world-famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Soak up some history and Native American culture at the Crow Fair, or simply stroll along Main Street in any of our quaint communities.  

Yellowstone Country
Grizzly bears, wolves and a burgeoning art scene are defining elements of southwestern Montana—as well as the nation’s first national park. Winter brings bountiful “cold smoke” snow to this region, offering a prime playground for downhill and cross-country skiers, as well as snowmobilers and dogsledders.  

Goldwest Country
The Wild West is still alive and well along the boardwalks of Main Street Virginia City. After sifting for sapphires in Philipsburg, dust off your hiking boots for a stroll among the alpine peaks of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.  

For those who has never been to Montana and to those who are planning a trip, here's a video.

The possibilities in Montana are endless. By strengthening existing and new partnerships, the BLM will ensure that the nation’s public lands are managed and conserved for future generations of Americans to use and enjoy. For the meantime, enjoy the magnificence of Montana's vastness with Montana BLM maps add-on for BackCountry Navigator PRO.

21Oct/11

Nevada BLM Maps for Android

5.3 billion mobile subscribers are 77 percent of the world population. Out of 5.3 smartphone users, an estimated 38.5% is powered by Android. For Android GPS users, especially those who use their mobile device for outdoor adventures, a travel app is complementary. Since add-on maps for the 12 US states are now available for BackCountry Navigator PRO, we are featuring Nevada BLM maps for Android today.

The origin of the name Nevada is a Spanish word meaning "snowcapped". The state nickname is Silver State or Sagebrush State. The residents names are Nevadans and the major industries are tourism, gold and silver mining and hydroelectric power. The bordering states are Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah.

BLM public lands make up about 67 percent of Nevada's land base which is nearly 48 million acres of land. 

The state of Nevada is known for gambling and entertainment, particularly in the city of Las Vegas. However, the state holds a number of other famous attractions for all age groups beyond the casinos, some are even just a short drive from the city. Among some of the most notable attractions in Nevada are a mountain park, a major feat of modern engineering and a historical automobile collection of some of the most desired vehicles in the world.

The diversity and beauty of Nevada holds dozens of fishing areas, hundreds of trails, picnic sites and developed and primitive camping opportunities for anyone to explore and enjoy.

Three conservation areas will necessarily need Nevada BLM maps:

Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails
The Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails is located approximately 100 miles northeast of Reno. The key area, the BlackRock Desert Playa, contains more than 160,000 acres of the bed of ancient Lake Lahontan. That huge lake covered this area with 500 feet of water as recently as 14,000 years ago. The Black Rock Country provides expansive views, solitude, and a sense of primitive vastness little changed since Euro-Americans settled the West.  

Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon  is located 10 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada.  This 197,000 acre area provides a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and a visitor center with exhibit rooms and a bookstore. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock Canyon represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. Red Rock Canyon is enjoyed by the local population as well as by visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. More than one million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities.

Sloan Canyon
Sloan Canyon is located approximately 15 miles south of Las Vegas.  It contains the Northern portion of the McCullough Range, which is volcanic in origin. The peaks are rounded and have a steep Eastern slope and a gradual Western slope. Elevations span from 2,000 feet at the Eastern base of the range to 5,092 feet at Black Mountain. The ridgeline offers excellent views of the Las Vegas valley, numerous ranges and the Eldorado and Jean dry lakes. The area primarily supports a creosote bush community with barrel cactus, Joshua trees, cholla and prickly pear.

Perhaps the most attractive place to go to in Nevada because of its history is the famous Hoover Dam, originally called the Boulder Dam. It is an arch-gravity dam, having the characteristics of both an arch dam and a gravity dam. Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River bordering both Nevada and Arizona. Created from concrete and facing upstream, it uses the natural force of the canyon to force the water into the dam. At the time of its completion in 1936, the Hoover Dam claimed its fame as the world's largest structure. Today, it still remains one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world.  Below is the history of its construction.

Nevada, in its diversity, is an overwhelming place. Wherever you choose to explore, use your Android phone with Nevada BLM maps. Nevada BLM maps can be purchased through BackCountry Navigator PRO by going to the "purchase add-on" menu.

18Oct/11

BLM Maps for Utah

Utah is probably one of the most unique and beautiful states in America. With approximately 23 million acres of public land, mapping of these lands is critical. 

Realizing this need, BackCountry Navigator thought about adding BLM maps for Utah as an add-on purchase to BackCountry Navigator PRO.

Utah is the sixth most urbanized population in the U.S. Approximately 80% of Utah's people live in Salt Lake City, the center of the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake City is a land of illusion of floating islands and vanishing water mirages. Almost touching the Utah-Nevada borders is the Bonneville Salt Flats, a unique plain of almost pure, white salt. This geological oddity is one of the only places in the United States where one can see the curvature of the earth over dry land.

Just south of the Salt Flats lies the Pony Express Trail where horse riders risked their lives delivering the mail in 1860 and 1861.

Many historic and prehistoric interpretative sites are open to visitors. BLM Utah strives to protect and preserve the present condition of cultural resources on public lands for the benefit of present and future generations.

Utah BLM maps help in regulating the proper use of public lands while protecting the visitors from wandering to private properties.

In June 2000, the BLM created the National Landscape Conservation System or NLCS to bring the BLM's primary designations into a more organized system.  

The NLCS contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

Utah is so vast, so enchanting that people who plans to visit the place must have a list of what to do there. First on the list must be an Android GPS travel app in your Android phone with Utah's BLM maps. BackCountry Navigator PRO has available add-on maps for Utah, which can be purchased here.

Confidence that they will not be violating private properties in their planned commune with one of the unspoiled natural places in the US will definitely result in a fulfilling trip. 

17Oct/11

Android BLM Maps for Arizona

Have you ever gotten lost? Or have you spent more time looking for your maps rather than aiming for a catch? With GPS technology, this seldom happens anymore.

BackCountry Navigator PRO is any man's Android GPS app, with Arizona BLM maps as an add-on purchase. From deer hunting on wildlife areas, to elk trailcamming on BLM land, to hiking in the mountains, Arizona BLM maps provides safety and accuracy in any outdoor adventure you chose.

The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona recognizes the importance of recreation and quality of outdoor experiences. These factors affect the national and local economies, as well as the social enjoyment of their tourists or visitors. 

The capital and largest city of Arizona is Phoenix. The second largest city is Tucson. Arizona is one of the Four Corners states, which borders New Mexico, Utah and Nevada. It is known for its Grand Canyon, London Bridge, Hoover Dam, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert and Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly.

Fossil resources on public lands In Arizona are a constant source of fascination for tourists. People look to these resources as recreational opportunities in fulfilling their curiosity about the recent and remote past, for contemplating their origins or preserving and continuing their culture and for finding peace and quiet in its desert landscape.

BLM Arizona administers 12.2 million surface acres of public lands, along with another 17.5 million subsurface acres within the state. Field Offices throughout the state provide on-the-ground field management: Arizona Strip, Hassayampa, Kingman, Lake Havasu, Lower Sonoran, Safford, Tucson and Yuma. These vast acres of lands are included in the BLM Maps of Arizona for Android.

Arizona BLM manages some of the most important and best-preserved prehistoric and historic archaeological sites in the American Southwest. These sites span the entire range of human occupation in the New World, from 13,000 years ago to the present. Android BLM Maps for Arizona has the complete details of these places.

They include properties as diverse as Paleo-Indian mammoth kill sites, Archaic hunting camps, giant ground figures (intaglios), pueblo ruins, rock art, ghost towns, historic ranches, and numerous historic trails and wagon roads such as the Butterfield Overland Stage route.

Arizona is one of the most famous and intriguing places in the southwestern region of the United States.

This video is for everyone, for his or her trip preparation to Arizona with BackCountry Navigator PRO. Do not forget to bring Arizona BLM maps with you. Happy adventures!

12Oct/11

California BLM Maps

California BLM maps for Android distinguishes between public and private lands and these maps are now available as an add-on purchase to BackCountry Navigator PRO. BackCountry Navigator is one of the best Android GPS travel apps. These maps can be purchased by going to "Purchasing Add-ons" in the menu.

According to Wikipedia, "Most state and federally managed public lands are open for recreational use. Recreation opportunities depend on the managing agency and run the gamut from the free-for-all, undeveloped wide open spaces of BLM lands to the highly developed and controlled national and state parks."

          

BLM manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California – nearly 15% of the state's land area – and 1.6 million acres in northwestern Nevada. BLM California also administers 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlying privately owned land, and 592,000 acres of Native American tribal land where BLM has trust responsibility for mineral operations.

The public lands in California under the jurisdiction of the BLM amount to about 15 percent of the Golden State’s total land mass. These lands are spread throughout the State within 55 of California’s 58 counties. In California, these include:

  • Three National Monuments: California Coastal, Carrizo Plain and Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains;
  • One National Conservation Area: King Range;
  • Portions of the California Desert Conservation Area managed for conservation purposes;
  • Eight National Wild and Scenic Rivers: portions of the Amargosa, American, Cottonwood Creek, Eel, Klamath, Merced, Tuolumne and the Trinity;
  • Four National Scenic & Historic Trails: portions of California, Juan Bautista de Anza, Old Spanish and Pacific Crest; 
  • 87 Wilderness Areas, and 72 Wilderness Study Areas stretching from the desert to the mountains to the coast;
  • 1 Old-Growth Forest Reserve: the Headwaters Forest; and
  • 204 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern

California BLM maps for Android is included in the 12 Western states which shows the boundaries of federal, state and private lands using the BackCountry Navigator Add-on maps.

There are Top 10 Points of Interest in California through these field offices. Knowing the boundaries of public and private lands saves an outdoor lover the risk of trespassing into a private property and being open to the discretion of the private property owner, the worst is being shot.

With this vast land area, rich with outdoor recreations that anyone can imagine, with legends that history brings, a customized California BLM maps for Android is a simple yet very important tool to complement an outdoor trip. It is the easiest way to access the whole state in the palm of your hands with a mapping app that can function even without network coverage as long as the map is downloaded before you leave and explore.

Offline navigation is one of BackCountry Navigator PRO's greatest strengths and it has never failed its smart users.

California is the only US state, which is written in history for the Goldrush in 1848. Here's to the story.

11Oct/11

Colorado BLM Maps for Android

No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something to do in Colorado – from hiking and biking in the summer to snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. There is also a constant need for Colorado BLM maps to safely guide you between public and private lands. Being shot while hiking in a private land will surely ruin your planned discovery of the historic state. 

You will need BackCountry Navigator PRO Add-on map as one of your tools in your trips in BLM mapped lands in 12 US states.

Colorado's 8.3 million acres of BLM public lands, along with 27 million acres of mineral estates, are concentrated primarily in the Western portion of the state. The lands range from alpine tundra, colorful canyons and mesas in the Southwest, to rolling sage-covered hills in the Northwest. These public lands contribute to Colorado's quality of life.

BLM lands are often thought of as being America's playground and treasure. Public lands in Colorado are no exception. In Colorado, people rely on the Colorado BLM maps land for many uses such as recreation, cultural or historical tourism, and traditional uses like livestock grazing and mining.  Whether it is for the solitude of a historic trail or for the benefits of energy development, people in Colorado and visitors to the state are not only looking to the public lands but for more – for something rare that only in unique Colorado can be found.

Heritage tourists traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities reflecting the stories and people of the past and present has become one of the fastest growing tourism segments in Colorado, growing at twice the rate of other tourism segments. To regulate recreation and tourism activities in Colorado, Colorado BLM maps was included in their planning efforts which resulted in Recreation and Visitor Services Strategy or the Colorado Recreation Program. It's purpose is to inform everyone of BLM's framework regarding the state of Colorado's public land. This is the complete copy of the program.

Special Recreation Permits (SRP) is required for a variety of recreation activities on BLM public lands. These permits are used to ensure public safety and protection, public health, natural resources and ensure that the public receives a fair monetary return for their recreation uses of BLM public lands. SRP's are required for commercial activities, competitive events and certain organized group activities in some designated special areas. Complete guide to supplement the use of Colorado BLM land maps can be found here

Colorado is a majestic place. Good luck exploring and we’ll see you on the trail with Colorado add-on land maps from BackCountry Navigator.

08Oct/11

Oregon and Washington BLM Maps

Another new add-on available for purchase from BackCountry Navigator PRO is Oregon and Washington BLM maps. These maps will show the boundaries of federal, state and public lands of these states.

The BLM in Oregon and Washington administers approximately 14 million acres of rangelands. It manages rangeland environment and rangeland health assessments to evaluate the quality of watershed function, ecological processes, water and habitats of native, threatened, and endangered species.

   

Below are just a few of the spectacular National Landscape Conservation System sites in Oregon and Washington states.  

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Some of the best ways to explore this unique landscape include visiting the:   

Hyatt Lake Recreation Complex – 745 acre Hyatt Lake Recreation Area provides opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. Recreational Use Permits for camping and day-use are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis from the visitor contact station at the facility entrance and at the self-service pay stations located at main campground entrance. Campgrounds open at the beginning of fishing season in late April and close October 31 of each year. A 14-day camping limit is in effect for all campgrounds.

∙  Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail or PCT is 2,650 miles of America's most precious treasure located in the Western United States. Countless hikers and horse riders prepare each year to embark in hiking and experience nature at its best at Pacific Crest Trail. Some travels a few miles only to see its beauty. 

∙  Archaeological and Historical Resources – cultural resources can include a vast range in types of sites and landscapes that result from past human activities. Archaeological sites on public lands in Oregon and Washington include rock shelters, quarries, campsites, village sites, and rock art sites. Historic sites and structures on public lands include lighthouses, ranches and homesteads, railroad logging camps and many roads and trails. Some sites have traditional cultural importance to the region's American Indian tribes and other groups. These locations are often of religious significance where traditional activities were carried out.

Paleontological Resources
Many kinds of fossils can be found preserved in rocks of the Earth's crust on the BLM-managed public lands in Oregon and Washington. Some are excellent in scientific importance as fossil deposits in eastern Oregon, in particular, represent a time when primitive mammals began to change and adapt to new environments and show a slow transition into faunas that we recognize today.  

Rangelands
In Oregon and Washington, the BLM administers approximately 14 million acres of rangelands. Any U.S. citizen or validly licensed business can apply for a BLM grazing permit or lease. For complete information about rangelands/grazing, this will guide you.

Wild and Scenic Rivers
The Oregon and Washington BLM is responsible for managing portions of 38 wild and scenic rivers for a combined total of over 2,000 miles. Below are just a few of the spectacular wild and scenic rivers in Oregon and Washington:
– John Day River
– Rogue River
– Lower Deschutes River
– Lower Crooked River – Owyhee River
– Wallowa River and Grande Ronde River  

The public lands in Oregon and Washington managed by the BLM offers you unlimited recreation opportunities. Picnic with family and friends in western Oregon one weekend, then explore the remote wild lands east of the Cascade Mountains the next.  

Hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and boating are just some of the many activities to enjoy. Just don’t forget to go to BackCountry Navigator PRO and purchase an add-on map for Oregon and Washington through the "Purchase Add-on" menu. BackCountry Navigator will be your digital guide in your outdoor adventures there. 

Geographic information system dataset can be found here

Have fun and be one with nature.

07Oct/11

BLM Maps for Android

BLM Maps for Android have recently become available for 12 western states. These maps primarily show the boundaries of BLM land, and secondarily show boundaries between state, federal and public land. 

The product is available as an overlay that displays boundaries on your existing maps. You can purchase it by going to "Purchasing Add-ons" deep in the menu. It has quickly become a popular product. Below are some comments about the source of the data, its accuracy, and some disclaimers. 

Example of showing boundary lines on map.

BLM data comes from the State Bureau of Land Management units. This is more accurate and recent than what the National BLM office would have, but less accurate than what your county asessor might have at the hall of records.   

We can give no warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the data, because the BLM itself won't do that. The data is subject to errors both by the BLM and other organizations that share data with the BLM.  

While many of you want to use this data to stay off private land, comply with the law, and avoid getting shot, we cannot guarantee its reliability for this purpose. Think of it as a step in the right direction.

To help out, we are posting links to the sources for the data at each state agency. The link has notes about the data, where it came from, how it evolved. 

If you do find a discrepancy in the data, please contact the people listed at the link. They promise continual improvement. 

Alaska

http://sdms.ak.blm.gov/sdms/

Arizona:

http://www.blm.gov/az/GIS/meta_files/az_surf_mgmt.htm

California:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/gis/metadata/landstatus.htm

Colorado:
http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/geographical_sciences/gis/metadata/lst_conflated_poly.html

Montana (covers parts of North and South Dakota).

http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/res/public_room/gis/data/montana.html

Oregon/Washington

http://www.blm.gov/or/gis/data-details.php?data=ds000025

Idaho
http://cloud.insideidaho.org/webApps/metadataViewer/default.aspx?path=G%3a%5cdata%5canonymous%5cblm%5cRLTY_SMA_PUB_24K_POLY.shp.xml

Nevada

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/gis/metadata.Par.49053.File.dat/landstatus_metadata_20100820.pdf

New Mexico

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/programs/more/geographic_sciences/geo_sci_metadata.Par.42904.File.dat/nm_own.htm

Utah

Land ownership (Statewide)
http://gis.utah.gov/sgid-vector-download/utah-sgid-vector-gis-data-layer-download-index?fc=LandOwnership

Wyoming:
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/resources/public_room/gis/datagis/state/state-own.html

03Oct/11

Idaho BLM Maps for Android

Idaho BLM Maps for Android are now available. This is an add-on available for purchase from BackCountry Navigator PRO. This will show boundaries of public and private land as an overlay on any topo maps you download for backcountry use.

Idaho, nicknamed the Gem State because nearly every known gemstone can be found there, is the 43rd state in the Northwestern United States. It is the 14th largest state by land area, entirely enclosed by land with coastlines lying on closed seas. Idaho is a landlocked country.  

Amazingly, Idaho is one of the two places in the world where star garnets can be found. 6-ray Idaho star garnets from Emerald Creek are the most valuable and best quality star garnets ever known.

Its most popular crop is potato, which also earned it the name Potato State. 

Recreating on public land in Idaho means fishing, backpacking through primitive canyons or mountains or paddling through excellent whitewater. Northwest Idaho is a haven of blue rapid flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls while Southwestern Idaho is a breathtaking mosaic of desert, rivers and mountains that has lured visitors for centuries. Eastern Idaho offers the beauty of snow-capped Teton Range, which appears as high rolling hills that convert smoothly into flat pasture. Everything about Idaho is a dramatic experience of stunning scenery and rarity.  

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages nearly 12 million acres of public lands in Idaho, almost one-fourth of the state's total land area. BLM’s job is to maintain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands so that future generations can also have the chance to enjoy it.   

BLM regulates outdoor activities by defining which is public land and private land through BLM maps. This land management gives direction to hunters to stay within areas of public land where hunting is allowed and avoid disputes from private property owners.   

The same regulation serves people who come to Idaho for camping, hiking, boating, hang gliding, shooting, off-road vehicle driving and mountain biking, birding and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites. Based on BLM maps, people will know if they are walking on private land or public land and avoid violation of BLM regulations.  

Hunting and fishing is legal in Idaho public lands as long as you hold a valid State license. Collecting natural materials on BLM public lands is also allowed except in developed recreation sites and areas where it has been prohibited and posted. 

It is permissible to collect reasonable amounts of the following for non-commercial purposes:
– Commonly available renewable resources such as flowers, berries, nuts, seeds, cones, and leaves.
– Nonrenewable resources such as rocks, mineral specimens, common invertebrate fossils, and semi-precious gemstones.
– Forest products for use in campfires on public lands.  

BackCountry Navigator Android GPS app has a BLM map available for Idaho. Since the development of GPS devices, digital mapping has become more popular than the use of actual paper maps. Android GPS maps are most convenient and with the help of BackCountry Navigator, mapping of places for outdoor adventures is now easy, convenient, safe and precise.  

For a full list of abbreviations, please follow this link.

22Sep/11

National Forest Trails and Roads

Forests are extraordinary places covering almost one third of the Earth's land. In the United States alone, national forests and grasslands cover 193 million acres of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas.

These U.S. forests are home to a huge variety of plants and animals, providing them with food, water and shelter. It is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This agency ensures that its task to maintain the good condition, diversity and abundance of the nation’s forests and grasslands will meet the needs of the present and future generations.  

Forests are invaluable. They present the beauty of nature while providing people with food, fuel, raw materials and medicine.  

However, before 2005, almost 100% of roads and trails in the national forests have not been well defined. It was a disarray of mining, logging and private roads. Racetracks and makeshift public roads were mostly open for use unless specifically designated as closed.  

From 1972 to 2001, roads in the national forests were a government issue. The U.S. government’s rule to keep public lands roadless caused chaos and a lot of concern among off-road vehicle or ORV traffic.  

To solve this problem, the Travel Management Rule was created in 2005. It authorized the U.S. Forest Service to determine which of its roads were legal for public use and was ordered to provide a Motor Vehicle Use maps.  

As of March 4, 2011, U.S.F.S. reported that the mapping of the existing roads in the forests is now about 68% done and working on the deadline of completion, which is end of 2011.  

Forest Visitor Maps
U.S. Forest Service has plenty of outdoor activities to offer. These are hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, using cabins, driving for pleasure, harvesting mushrooms and gathering firewood. With this multitude of activities, a map is necessary.  


"Visitor Maps" for each national forest and grassland presents vast information about attractions, facilities, services, and opportunities. The availability of these maps is dependent on U.S. Forest Service’s mapping of the individual forests. However, the most comprehensive map source is the U.S. Geological Survey.  

For Recreation Opportunity Map and Recreational Activities, please view it here.  

U.S. Geological Survey 
U.S.G.S. has all kinds of maps, especially the Motor Vehicle Use Maps that were first required by the Travel Management Ruling body to distinguish between a public from private roads. The Completed Motor Vehicle Use Maps was prepared and issued under 36 CFR 212.56.  

U.S. Geological Survey store
 also provides high quality topographic maps, specialty maps and brochures, covering specific trails, wilderness and other special areas. 

Safety in Outdoor Recreation
 Here are some considerations when planning a trip outdoors:

  • Travel with a companion.
  • You must be in good physical shape and condition.
  • Stay on developed trails or dry, solid rock areas with good footing.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Inspect your equipments before the trip.
  • Keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions. In forest areas, weather can change very quickly.
  • Travel only during daylight. Traveling after darkness has resulted in many accidents from falls.
  • Carry a first aid kit and learn basic first aid.
  • Beware of slippery areas. Running is not safe.
  • If you drink, stay away from the cliffs. Alcohol in the body reduces judgment, agility and balance.
  • Never drink from forest water. No matter how clean and inviting pure stream water looks, it's likely to contain microorganisms that can cause serious illnesses.
  • Bring your own water supply.

Advance knowledge of the area, weather, terrain and limitations of your body will help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.