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Why don't U.S. Forest Service Visitor maps have Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grids?

The Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid is not used on the Forest Service Visitor Map series because of the maps’ small scale and intended use. The more detailed Wilderness maps and Special Area maps published by the Forest Service might have UTM grid ticks.

UTM grids are included on all US Topo maps (7.5-minute, 1:24,000-scale) published by the USGS after 2010.

Order paper Forest Service maps through the online USGS Store. Enter the name of the forest in the Keyword Search window or click on Maps>U.S. Forest Service Visitor Maps. Download free digital U.S. Forest Service maps from the U.S. Forest Service Maps website.

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