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US Public Lands app review: providing updated maps of all public lands in the United States

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Introduction

Did you know that the United States federal government owns roughly 650 million acres of land? If you want to know the exact locations of these lands for whatever reason, then you can use an iOS app called US Public Lands. Using updated cartographic information from the National Atlas, the map app offers quick access to detailed maps of all public lands in the US. It allows you to view the boundaries of public lands managed by the federal government. This is a universal app and you can install it in your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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US Public Lands

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Bringing Public Land Maps at Your Fingertips

The US Public Lands app for iOS was originally developed by a pair of veteran tech nomads who love off-road traveling. It was created both as a traveling companion and a research tool. The app was exclusively based on the raw cartographic data compiled by the National Atlas.

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When you install this app, all map data will be downloaded to your device. This means that you will be able to load the maps even without network coverage or internet connection. By having the ability to work offline, the app makes it easier for travelers to access public land information wherever they are. The app is easy to use with an intuitive home screen where you can quickly search for public lands. It allows you to search specific locations by state or city. And if your device has a built-in GPS tool, you can allow the app to auto-find your location on the map. If you are in an area where there is no Internet connection, you can use the app’s ‘Basic’ base map. The cartographic data of basic maps are stored in your device so you can access them while offline.The app allows you to switch between standard and satellite views by tapping the tabs at the upper layer of any map. However, this option can only be used if you are connected to the Internet. 

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Best Features of US Public Lands App

The US Public Lands app offers complete access to the cartographic data of all federally operated lands. It displays these data into meaningful basic map view with detailed location information, coordinates, and boundaries. The app uses the official raw data of National Atlas.

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This app offers color coded layering option to identify the specific agency that owns the land. You can activate the layers from the Map Configuration section of the app.

Included in the app are public lands owned or operated by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Reserve, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, DoD installations, National Park Service, and national laboratories and test sites.

And lastly, US Public Lands uses GPS to find your location on the map. You can also use its built-in search tool to find maps by city, state, region, or zip code.

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US Public Lands

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy-to-use with simple workflow and layout
  • Offers detailed maps for iPad and iPhone of federally owned lands
  • With color coded layering options
  • Offers built-in map search
  • Works offline

Cons

  • Lacks detailed trails and campsite locator
  • Not recommended for trail hiking

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Final Thoughts

US Public Lands is one of the best mapping apps for those who want to locate federal lands. This app offers offline maps so you can access them anytime and anywhere. 

US Public Lands

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