US: The US Forest Service now offers access to a variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS users. According to US Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell, the mobile app makes it easier to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland. By putting important forest information right at the user”s fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests. The Forest Service is currently working on the first phase of a website redesign, expected to debut early in 2014, which centers on a map-based tool for planning trips onto nation’s forests, grasslands and others.
The digital maps are part of USDA’s work toward reaching Pres. Barack Obama’s initiative to create a paperless government that also provides the American public with better, more accessible information.