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Digital Mapping Resources

Online Data Sources

In addition to these national sources, make sure to ask what local GIS resources may be available for your use.
  • NIFC Enterprise Geospatial Portal (EGP)                                                                                 
  • FSGeodata Clearinghouse                                                                                           
  • USGS National Map                                                                                                
  • LANDFIRE                                                                                                                                            

Desktop Applications

  • ArcGIS for Personal Use                                                                                
  • ArcGIS Explorer                                                                                            
  • QGIS-Free and Open Source                                                                                                 
  • GRASS GIS                                                                                                                                    

Google Earth Pro


Viewing 3D Terrain in Google Earth Pro requires selecting the terrain option from the bottom of the “layers” portion of the left side menu.


Mobile Applications

Collector for ArcGIS


Collector works on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 and allows user to collect and update information in the field, take maps and data offline and sync changes when connected, attribute data collection with easy-to-use map-driven forms, capture and share photos and videos

Avenza Maps and Pro Subscriptions


Avenza Maps is GIS technology available on Apple, Android, and Windows devices for navigation, information collection, and sharing geographic information and knowledge. It displays geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF and interacts with the GPS on the device, allowing the user to record GPS tracks, add placemarks, and find places.

With Avenza Maps Pro, users will be able to import and export shapefiles as well as all the current capabilities of the Avenza PDF Maps App in terms of data collection and editing but with Avenza Maps Pro, shapefiles are a supported import/export format. More features will be added, over time. It is a subscription service, requiring registration of individual devices. 

With the release of the Pro version, the current standard Avenza PDF Maps App will be changing, with the most significant change being that users may only access 5 maps at any one time on their device (unless the maps have all been obtained from the Avenza Map Store). It is strongly recommended that all users upgrade to the new Avenza Maps Pro version.

Avenza Maps Pro may be available under an enterprise license contract through the US Forest Service.

Other Products

  • Gaia GPS and GaiaPro

Gaia GPS integrates the best topo maps, offline navigation tools, and planning features, seamlessly across phones, tablets, and GaiaPro spans Gaia GPS on iOS, Android, and GaiaPro is an upgrade to the standard application, including custom maps include premium satellite imagery, public land, and hunting zones, and tools including layered maps, area measurement, and printing.

  • You Need a Map


A map that works in Apple IOS to provide cover of the US without a cell phone signal, showing not just roads but also terrain, streams, lakes and other landmarks.

  • Theodolite