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DNR updates public lands maps popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced the publication of three updated maps detailing roads, property boundaries, trails, recreation sites and other information about public lands. The updated maps, which are available for purchase, are: Forks (the Olympic Peninsula), Hermiston (the Columbia Gorge) and Chehalis River (southwest Washington).

Public lands quadrangle maps produced by DNR are popular with hunters, backcountry hikers and others who use public lands for outdoor recreation. The maps also are used by emergency responders. Each full-color printed map shows the landscape in a 1:100,000 scale (1 inch equals approximately 1.6 miles) and covers an area of about 1,600 square miles. Featuring shaded relief to indicate terrain, the 26-inch-by-37-inch maps show highways, roads, trails, water features, wildlife areas and other key features.

The maps can be purchased for $9 each (plus shipping and sales tax) online (http://www.dnr.wa.gov) or in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the state Department of Printing, 7580 New Market St. SW, Tumwater.