New Sunshine State Maps Add U.S. Forest Service Data

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Recently expelled US Topo maps for Florida now underline some-more trails regulating information supposing by a U.S. Forest Service as good as route information from other federal, state and private sources.

Several of a 1,028 new US Topo quadrangles for Florida now arrangement tools of a Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) and other designated open trails. For Gulf Coast residents, recreationalists and visitors who wish to try a featured Florida trails by biking, hiking, horseback or other means, a new route facilities on a US Topo maps will be useful.

The FNST is a congressionally-designated, long-distance hiking route that weaves a approach opposite some-more than 1,000 miles of Florida from Big Cypress National Preserve in a south to Gulf Islands National Seashore in a western finish of Florida’s panhandle. The Trail is a inhabitant treasure, being one of usually 11 National Scenic Trails in a country, and one of 3 contained wholly within a singular state.


“As administrators of a Florida National Scenic Trail, we work with a accumulation of partners to safeguard that a route is managed, and interpreted, consistently opposite changing landscapes and government boundaries,” pronounced Shawn Thomas, Florida National Scenic Trail Program Manager. “Illustrating a FNST on a widely permitted US Topo maps will not usually serve this government purpose, though concede some-more recreationists and intensity apparatus stewards to learn about a Florida National Scenic Trail and suffer a natural, scenic, cultural, and chronological resources a Trail mezzanine has to offer.”

The USGS partnered with a U.S. Forest Service to incorporate a route information onto a revised Florida US Topo maps. The Florida National Scenic Trail, joins a Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Arizona National Scenic Trail, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, New England National Scenic Trail, North Country National Scenic Trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and a Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, as being featured on a new US Topo quads. The USGS skeleton to eventually embody all National Scenic Trails in The National Map products.

The U.S. Forest Service has supposing range and highway information for a US Topo map array for a past 5 years, and is now operative on a inhabitant dataset of recreational trails.

Some of a other information for new trails on a maps is supposing to a USGS by a inhabitant “crowdsourcing” plan managed by a International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).  This singular crowdsourcing try has increasing a volume and farrago of route information accessible by The National Map mobile and web apps, and a revised US Topo maps.

During a past dual years a IMBA, in a partnership with a MTB Project, has been building a minute inhabitant database of trails. This activity allows internal IMBA chapters, IMBA members, and a open to yield route information and descriptions by their website. MTB Project and IMBA afterwards determine a peculiarity of a route information provided, safeguard correctness and endorse a route is strictly designated for open use.

Further poignant additions to a new quadrangles embody map pitch redesign, extended tyrannise information and new highway source data.

The new 2015 US Topo map coverage over Florida replaces a initial book US Topo maps for a Sunshine State and are accessible for giveaway download from The National Map, a USGS Map Locator Downloader website , and several other USGS applications.

To review change over time, scans of bequest USGS topo maps, some dating behind to a late 1800s, can be downloaded from a USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection.

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Source: USGS