Forest Service to raise prices for printed maps

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The price of national forest and grassland visitor maps (plastic or paper) will increase to $14 per map Jan. 1, 2018. Now, visitor maps are $10 for the plastic or $9 for the paper versions.

All maps are available for purchase online from the U.S. Forest Service at the National Forest Map Store, www.nationalforestmapstore.com/. Select maps are sold locally at USFS forest or district offices, and at many USFS visitor centers.

The procedures for purchasing maps in bulk also will change on Jan. 1. The USFS will offer volume discounts to any entities that wish to purchase in bulk, including interpretive associations.

Volume discount pricing will be made available only through the National Forest Map Store or 1-406-329-3024. Local USFS units will no longer provide volume sales discounts.

Most printed maps also are available digitally through Avenza Map Store for $4.99 per side (www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store). This is the current price and no increase for these products is planned at this time.

Also, the USFS will continue to sell maps through the U.S. Geological Survey store (https://nationalmap.gov), which offers its own set of discounts for volume purchases.

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