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Through a no-cost contract with Avenza Systems, Inc., the USDA Forest Service has made electronic versions of its Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) available as free downloads for smartphones and tablets.
To use the electronic MVUMs, a person must first install Avenza’s PDFMaps, a free interactive map-reader for electronic mobile devices. According to Stephani Rust, GIS Specialist for the Nebraska National Forests & Grassland, PDFMaps allows a mobile device to open electronic versions of favorite maps, similar to how Adobe opens electronic documents.
Once installed on a mobile device, a person can use PDFMaps to add place marks, find locations and measure distances. What’s more, Rust says, “is that PDFMaps has the capability to track a person’s location along a map, even in areas with no cell service. This capability could be very handy for someone accessing remote Forest Service lands.”
PDFMaps was first made available to Apple’s iOS devices, and is now available to Android devices as a beta version. Users are responsible for ensuring that the most current MVUM is installed on their device.