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About the Forest Service Visitor Map

On June 27th the Forest Service released the next generation interactive visitor map. Visitor Map 2.0, provides the public with an online view of Forest Service roads, trails, recreation sites, wilderness areas, and wild & scenic rivers.  The map can be used on personal computers, smart phones or tablet devices through any modern web browser.

Visitor Map 2.0 features:

  • improved map performance
  • simplified and streamlined map interface
  • national-level search capabilities
  • geo-located tweets from Forest Service Twitter accounts
  • accessible recreation locations
  • complementary layers such as wildfire and weather warnings/watches
  • capabilities to sharing via email or on social networks; share the whole map or just your favorite spot
  • continued web accessibility improvements with the goal of making Visitor Map 2.0 the most accessible online map

Feedback

We would love to hear from you. Click here to let us know your comments, suggestions, or any issues you have with the Visitor Map.

Data Used in the Map

For more information about data used in the Visitor Map, please visit the Enterprise Data Page.

Other Forest Service Map Products

For more information about other Forest Service Map Products please visit the Forest Service Maps page.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

For more information about Motor Vehicle Use Maps please visit the OHV Program page.

Trails Information

Trail information is currently available on the Visitor Map for several National Forests, although it is not yet for the majority of our units. As updated trail map information becomes available, it will be displayed on the map, forest-by-forest. In the meantime, please contact your local Forest Service office for trail information.To see a list of which Forests and Grasslands have published trails data for the Visitor Map, please visit the Data Status Page.

Twitter Content

Geolocated Twitter content generated by Forest Service staff, including links and photos, are displayed on the Visitor Map. The goal is to make the Visitor Map engaging and participatory for every user. 

The 300 most recent geolocated tweets posted by Forest Service staff, are displayed on the map. There are approximately 120 specific FS Twitter accounts representing agency Communications and Public Affairs staff whose Twitter content is displayed on the map. Twitter content generated by the public is not displayed on the map at this time.

Agency generated Twitter content must also be geotagged in order to display on the map. 

The Map displays up to 300 tweets nationally. As new tweets come in, the oldest tweets are dropped from the map. The tweets are refreshed on the map every hour.

Weather Warnings and Watches

The Weather Warnings and Watches displayed on the map are a product of the National Weather Service (NWS). These products are checked for updates every 5 minutes from the NWS Public Alerts. The NWS RSS-CAP Feeds for National and Maritime Statements are parsed using the Aggregated Live Feeds methodology to take the returned information and serve the data through ArcGIS Server as a map service. The Overlay data is checked and updated daily from the AWIPS Shapefile Database.

Fire Activity

Fire activity points displayed on the map come from the Incident Information System RSS Feed. http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ This wildfire information is collected in the field by a variety of means and compiled/updated by Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) GIS staff. NWCC_POINT_DAILY - This dataset includes the locations for ONLY the current active fires tracked by NWCC. Updated daily or as activity/fire status warrants.

Limitations on Access

Much of the National Forest System (NFS) is remote. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the Interactive Visitor Map, and land users should exercise due caution. Medical assistance may not be readily available, and cellular telephones do not work in many areas of the NFS. Operators of motor vehicles should take adequate food, water, first aid supplies, and other equipment appropriate for the conditions and expected weather.

Designation of a road, trail, or area should not be interpreted as an invitation to use motor vehicles or as an implication that the road, trail, or area is passable, actively maintained, or safe for travel. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads, trails, and areas impassable for extended periods. Many designated roads, trails, and areas may be passable only by high-clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles. Maintenance of designated roads, trails, and areas will depend on available resources, and many may receive little maintenance.

Lands, roads, and trails within the NFS may be subject to restrictions on motor vehicle use.  Obtain a motor vehicle use map or inquire at the local Forest Service office for motor vehicle access information.  Violations of 36 CFR 261.13 are subject to a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months or both (18 U.S.C. 3571(e)). This prohibition applies regardless of the presence or absence of signs displaying designations for motor vehicle use. Operators of motor vehicles are also responsible for compliance with other applicable federal, state, and local law. The designation, "Road or Trail Open to All Motor Vehicles," does not supersede applicable state traffic law.

Map and Data Disclaimer

The Interactive Visitor Map and its underlying geospatial data are intended to depict physical features as they generally appear on the ground and are not intended to be used to determine title, ownership, legal boundaries, legal jurisdiction, including jurisdiction over roads or trails, or access restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Obtain permission before entering private lands, and check with appropriate government offices for restrictions that may apply to public lands. 

The U.S. Forest Service makes no warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or utility of these geospatial data or for the improper or incorrect use of those data. The data are dynamic and may change over time.  The user is responsible for verifying the limitations of the geospatial data and for using the data accordingly.

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