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New Maine Maps Feature National Scenic Trails

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:00
Summary: Newly released US Topo maps for Maine now feature segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.)

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Matt Robinson ( Phone: 304-535-4010 ); Larry Moore ( Phone: 303-202-4019 );



Newly released US Topo maps for Maine now feature segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.).  Several of the 715 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the A.T. along with other improved data layers. 

“Located within a day’s drive of 2/3rds of the U.S. population and open year-around to all visitors, the Appalachian Trail is America’s most readily accessible long-distance footpath,” said Matt Robinson, National Park Service GIS Specialist for the A.T. “Having its route accurately depicted on these new US Topo maps just makes it even more accessible to all who wish to explore this great resource.” 

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath that traverses more than 2,100 miles of the Appalachian mountains and valleys between Katahdin, Maine (northern terminus), and Springer Mountain, Georgia (southern terminus). It winds through scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands along this ancient mountain range. With more than 99% of the A.T.’s corridor on Federal or State land, it is the longest continuously marked, maintained, and publicly protected trail in the United States.

The USGS partnered with the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to incorporate the trail data onto the Maine US Topo maps. This NST joins the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as being featured on the new US Topo quads. The USGS hopes to eventually include all National Scenic Trails in The National Map products.

These new maps replace the first edition US Topo maps for Maine and are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

To compare change over time, scans of legacy USGS topo maps, some dating back to the late 1800s, can be downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection

To download US Topo maps: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

The National Trails System was established by Act of Congress in 1968. The Act grants the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture authority over the National Trails System. The Act defines four types of trails. Two of these types, the National Historic Trails and National Scenic Trails, can only be designated by Act of Congress. National scenic trails are extended trails located as to provide for maximum outdoor recreation potential and for the conservation and enjoyment of nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the area through which such trails may pass.

There are 11 National Scenic Trails:
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Florida National Scenic Trail
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail
  • New England National Scenic Trail
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
(high resolution image) 1951 USGS legacy topographic map of the Monson West (Maine) quadrangle, 1:62,500 scale. (high resolution image)
2014 US Topo map of Maine, Monson West quadrangle with orthoimage layer turned on. (high resolution image)

New Maine Maps Feature National Scenic Trails

USGS Newsroom - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:00
Summary: Newly released US Topo maps for Maine now feature segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.)

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Matt Robinson ( Phone: 304-535-4010 ); Larry Moore ( Phone: 303-202-4019 );



Newly released US Topo maps for Maine now feature segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.).  Several of the 715 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display parts of the A.T. along with other improved data layers. 

“Located within a day’s drive of 2/3rds of the U.S. population and open year-around to all visitors, the Appalachian Trail is America’s most readily accessible long-distance footpath,” said Matt Robinson, National Park Service GIS Specialist for the A.T. “Having its route accurately depicted on these new US Topo maps just makes it even more accessible to all who wish to explore this great resource.” 

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath that traverses more than 2,100 miles of the Appalachian mountains and valleys between Katahdin, Maine (northern terminus), and Springer Mountain, Georgia (southern terminus). It winds through scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands along this ancient mountain range. With more than 99% of the A.T.’s corridor on Federal or State land, it is the longest continuously marked, maintained, and publicly protected trail in the United States.

The USGS partnered with the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to incorporate the trail data onto the Maine US Topo maps. This NST joins the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as being featured on the new US Topo quads. The USGS hopes to eventually include all National Scenic Trails in The National Map products.

These new maps replace the first edition US Topo maps for Maine and are available for free download from The National Map and the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website.

To compare change over time, scans of legacy USGS topo maps, some dating back to the late 1800s, can be downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection

To download US Topo maps: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

The National Trails System was established by Act of Congress in 1968. The Act grants the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture authority over the National Trails System. The Act defines four types of trails. Two of these types, the National Historic Trails and National Scenic Trails, can only be designated by Act of Congress. National scenic trails are extended trails located as to provide for maximum outdoor recreation potential and for the conservation and enjoyment of nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the area through which such trails may pass.

There are 11 National Scenic Trails:
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
  • North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Florida National Scenic Trail
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail
  • New England National Scenic Trail
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
(high resolution image) 1951 USGS legacy topographic map of the Monson West (Maine) quadrangle, 1:62,500 scale. (high resolution image)
2014 US Topo map of Maine, Monson West quadrangle with orthoimage layer turned on. (high resolution image)

After Assault by Sandy, FEMA, State, Fund Model Mitigation Project for Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:44

In October of 2012, storm surges caused by Hurricane Sandy rose from the waters of Newark Bay and engulfed the 152-acre Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s wastewater treatment facility.

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After Assault by Sandy, FEMA, State, Fund Model Mitigation Project for Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority

FEMA Press Releases - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:44

In October of 2012, storm surges caused by Hurricane Sandy rose from the waters of Newark Bay and engulfed the 152-acre Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission’s wastewater treatment facility.

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More New Mexico Counties and a Pueblo added to Oct. 6 Federal Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:02

SANTA FE – An amendment to the October 6 major disaster declaration for New Mexico adds public assistance funding eligibility to three additional counties and a pueblo following the severe storms and flooding that impacted the state from July 27 – August 5.

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More New Mexico Counties and a Pueblo added to Oct. 6 Federal Disaster Declaration for Summer Floods

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:02

SANTA FE – An amendment to the October 6 major disaster declaration for New Mexico adds public assistance funding eligibility to three additional counties and a pueblo following the severe storms and flooding that impacted the state from July 27 – August 5.

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SECRETARY JOHNSON RECOGNIZES DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:36

Washington — Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson yesterday honored 312 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees from across the country for extraordinary service and outstanding contributions to the Department and the Nation. Secretary Johnson resumed these awards, which have not been issued since 2008, to appropriately recognize the extraordinary achievements and selfless service of DHS personnel who preserve our freedoms and protect America with integrity, vigilance, and respect.

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SECRETARY JOHNSON RECOGNIZES DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:36

Washington — Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson yesterday honored 312 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees from across the country for extraordinary service and outstanding contributions to the Department and the Nation. Secretary Johnson resumed these awards, which have not been issued since 2008, to appropriately recognize the extraordinary achievements and selfless service of DHS personnel who preserve our freedoms and protect America with integrity, vigilance, and respect.

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Hurricane Sandy: After Two Years, $6.67 Billion, FEMA Continues N.J. Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:30

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, FEMA, in partnership with the federal family and state and local governments, has been on the scene helping individuals, government entities and eligible non-profits as New Jersey recovers from the storm’s devastation.

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Hurricane Sandy: After Two Years, $6.67 Billion, FEMA Continues N.J. Recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:30

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, FEMA, in partnership with the federal family and state and local governments, has been on the scene helping individuals, government entities and eligible non-profits as New Jersey recovers from the storm’s devastation.

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Michigan Flood Aid Tops $110 Million; Registration Deadline Nears

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:00

WARREN, Mich. – State and federal officials report more than 92,000 Michigan residents affected by the August floods have been approved for more than $110 million in federal disaster assistance. Survivors are strongly encouraged to register for federal assistance before the Nov. 24 deadline.      

Applications must be received by the November date to be considered for assistance from the FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline only refers to the last day survivors can apply. Disaster funds will continue to flow beyond that date.

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Michigan Flood Aid Tops $110 Million; Registration Deadline Nears

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:00

WARREN, Mich. – State and federal officials report more than 92,000 Michigan residents affected by the August floods have been approved for more than $110 million in federal disaster assistance. Survivors are strongly encouraged to register for federal assistance before the Nov. 24 deadline.      

Applications must be received by the November date to be considered for assistance from the FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The deadline only refers to the last day survivors can apply. Disaster funds will continue to flow beyond that date.

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Check Flood-Damaged Heating Systems Say Emergency Officials

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:30

WARREN, MICH. – Winter is on its way, and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and FEMA remind homeowners to make sure their heating systems and water heaters are in good working condition, especially those damaged by the August flooding. 

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Check Flood-Damaged Heating Systems Say Emergency Officials

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:30

WARREN, MICH. – Winter is on its way, and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and FEMA remind homeowners to make sure their heating systems and water heaters are in good working condition, especially those damaged by the August flooding. 

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The Filing Deadline for the National Flood Insurance Program is October 29

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:57

NEW YORK – The time limit to file proof of loss claims for policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy is Oct. 29, 2014.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) usually requires policyholders to submit a fully documented, signed and sworn proof-of-loss claim within 60 days from the date of their loss.

The magnitude of the Sandy disaster is the reason the filing deadline was extended for two years  to give policyholders additional time to file claims. 

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The Filing Deadline for the National Flood Insurance Program is October 29

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:57

NEW YORK – The time limit to file proof of loss claims for policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy is Oct. 29, 2014.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) usually requires policyholders to submit a fully documented, signed and sworn proof-of-loss claim within 60 days from the date of their loss.

The magnitude of the Sandy disaster is the reason the filing deadline was extended for two years  to give policyholders additional time to file claims. 

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Hurricane Sandy: After two years, $13.6 billion, FEMA continues N.Y. recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:09

NEW YORK—Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, FEMA, in partnership with the federal family and state and local governments, has been on the scene helping individuals, government entities and eligible non-profits as New York recovers from the storm’s devastation.

Language English
Categories: Federal News

Hurricane Sandy: After two years, $13.6 billion, FEMA continues N.Y. recovery

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:09

NEW YORK—Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, FEMA, in partnership with the federal family and state and local governments, has been on the scene helping individuals, government entities and eligible non-profits as New York recovers from the storm’s devastation.

Language English
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FEMA Housing Team Concludes Successful Mission in New Jersey

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:08

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA officials marked the conclusion of their housing mission in New Jersey.

On September 11, 2014, FEMA returned the last of the Fort Monmouth properties that have housed displaced survivors of Hurricane Sandy since December of 2012. All of the 115 families who occupied the apartments and duplexes on the main post and in the Megill Commons area in Tinton Falls had either returned to their own homes or found a suitable housing alternative.

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FEMA Housing Team Concludes Successful Mission in New Jersey

FEMA Press Releases - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:08

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA officials marked the conclusion of their housing mission in New Jersey.

On September 11, 2014, FEMA returned the last of the Fort Monmouth properties that have housed displaced survivors of Hurricane Sandy since December of 2012. All of the 115 families who occupied the apartments and duplexes on the main post and in the Megill Commons area in Tinton Falls had either returned to their own homes or found a suitable housing alternative.

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Categories: Federal News