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Bruce Miller
09-07-2007, 10:10 AM
What's a good web site to visit to make a detailed copy of a specific location in a National Forest? We have a firewood permit to cut in the National Forest and have located a spot very close to the boundary of the Forest and private land. It's a very remote location so there's no one to ask. We want to get close to the boundary but not over it. We've got one of those state map books that are similar to a topo but I'm wondering if I can find something with more detail. Thanks for the help.

Red_Chili
09-07-2007, 10:30 AM
www.topozone.com.

You have to play with it to 'lift' the topo to a printable doc though, they do rely on sales of maps to make their money.

Shark Bait
09-07-2007, 10:31 AM
Bruce,

You can try the US Forest Service:
http://www.fs.fed.us/

or the US Geological Survey:
http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/
http://nationalmap.gov/

Sometimes you can get a good satellite view from Google maps:
http://maps.google.com/maps?tab=wl&hl=en

or here:
http://terraserver.microsoft.com

Google Earth is pretty cool:
http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html

Have fun!

Red_Chili
09-07-2007, 10:33 AM
You can also go to Maps Unlimited on 8th and Lincoln and make a very detailed topo to your specifications, print it, and be done!
Sportsman's Warehouse also has the Nat'l Geographic printers to do this.

Bruce Miller
09-07-2007, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the replies. I'll visit those sites. The Forest Service offices in Tres Piedras isn't much help when it comes to answering questions of this kind, unfortunately, and the area is in their back yard!

I'll post my latitude and longitude, it's 25 miles east of Raton, just to see what it shows. Wonder how current the data is?

Thanks, again.

Shark Bait
09-07-2007, 11:31 AM
Wonder how current the data is?


Google Earth uses Digital Globe (which is one of my HDS customers :D) and some of the data isn't real current. I think they catalog it and then if there is a need they take new pictures. I'm sure there is a whole side that is military and/or classified that's probably real current.

If you're within 100' or so of the boundary, can you be sure the maps are accurate? Wonder if contacting the land owner as a courtesy would be a good thing to do? I suppose it could back fire, too. :rolleyes: