U.S. Forest Service Map Prices Set To Increase January 1 For First Time In Ten Years

 

Prices of paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14 on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

December 28, 2017

Custer, SD – For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing, and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps. Prices of U.S. Forest Service paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14 on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

The U.S. Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance maps. The Forest Service expects to shorten the revision cycle as cartographers continue to apply new digital technology to the map revision process.

The U.S. Forest Service continues to increase the availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded here: http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.

Visitor maps for forests and grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region are available for purchase directly from national forest and grassland offices. The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Maps can also be ordered by mail, fax, phone, or online through the National Forest Map Store at http://www.nationalforeststore.com/.

Phone your order to 406-329-3024
Fax your order to 406-329-3030

Mail your order and payment to:

USDA Forest Service
National Forest Store
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807

The physical location of the National Forest Map Store will soon be relocating to Portland, Oregon.  When the move is complete, the new address and phone number will be available online at http://www.nationalforeststore.com/.

To help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting Jan. 1, 2018 discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more of maps of the same title. Discounted maps are only available when purchased through the National Forest Map Store.

The U.S. Forest Service is dedicated to researching, producing and distributing informative, accurate maps that can help improve the experience on America’s national forests and grasslands. Additional online resources that may help users enjoy the great outdoors:

·        Interactive Visitor Map to help you find great places to go and explore

·        Know Before You Go for tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors and be safe

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains world-renowned forestry research and wildland fire management organizations. National forests and grasslands contribute more than $30 billion to the American economy annually and support nearly 360,000 jobs. These lands also provide 30 percent of the nation’s surface drinking water to cities and rural communities; approximately 60 million Americans rely on drinking water that originated from the National Forest System.

CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL – Admission Price Change

October 13, 2017

Custer, SD –  After four years without an increase in admission prices, Crazy Horse Memorial has announced a change, effective Saturday, October 14, 2017, to include:

$12.00 per person, $24.00 for two people per car, $30.00 per carload with three persons or more, $7.00 per person on Motorcycles, and $7.00 per Bicyclist/Walker. Children the age of 6 and under are admitted free of charge.

Admission is always waived for Native Americans, Active Duty Military, and Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform. In support of regional food drives, Crazy Horse Memorial will continue to waive admission with three cans of food per person at select times throughout the year.

The public is encouraged to enjoy the Holidays at Crazy Horse Memorial with waived admission with three cans of food per person every weekend (Friday through Sunday) December 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

BHSU Students Present Tourism Development Plan to The City of Keystone, South Dakota

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Michael Cook, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Gillette, Wyo., and other students from Black Hills State University worked with the city of Keystone, S.D. recently to increase awareness of Keystone as a primary tourism destination in the Black Hills and to increase the length of tourists’ stays. Photo: BHSU

By Kimberly Talcott
January 19, 2017

SPEARFISHStudents from Black Hills State University worked with the city of Keystone Chamber of Commerce recently to increase awareness of Keystone, SD as a primary tourism destination in the Black Hills and to increase the length of tourists’ stays.

Over the course of a semester, students in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto’s Tourism Planning and Development course completed a comprehensive tourism development plan for the town that Mt. Rushmore calls home.

Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism, attended the students’ presentation. He said, as a result of the students’ work, Keystone community members walk away with actionable steps they can implement to maximize their potential and position themselves as a tourism destination.

“This type of in-depth research is invaluable as the students take a deep dive approach into the community’s unique opportunities and challenges and provide honest feedback about how visitors perceive their community,” said Hulstein.

The students conducted visitor and resident surveys, interviewed key informants, and tracked online activity throughout the semester. Students also completed a marketing analysis and a plan of action to implement their recommendations.

Jesse Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo., said this project was especially meaningful because tourism is so important to the state of South Dakota.

“This project better prepared me for my future job by providing me an opportunity to get hands-on experience outside the classroom by working with a real community and preparing a detailed proposal,” said Gramm.

The students also competed an environmental analysis looking at industry, economic and technology trends with impact on Keystone.

Several strengths for Keystone that emerged from the analysis included the lodging accommodations, food and beverage options, and outdoor landscape, along with proximity to Mount Rushmore. A key challenge the students noted was that Keystone is known to tourists as only a daytrip, not an overnight destination. Survey results also noted limits on parking space.

“We suggested the use of parking meters to fund and perhaps expand parking options in the future,” said Gramm.

The BHSU students provided suggestions for Keystone including increasing winter sports, adding additional outdoor recreation areas, marketing Keystone as “the Black Hills Hub,” and incorporating bus tours. Key recommendations by the students included outdoor map design, Snapchat Geofilters, and landmarks or outdoor frames for photo opportunities.

Cameron Fullerton, operations manager for Rushmore Tramway Adventures, attended the students’ final presentation. He said the customer survey portion of the students’ work was the most impactful.

“This information has helped Rushmore Tramway Adventures rethink the placement of our promotions.  We have been utilizing many platforms but the direction has lacked purpose and this project helped redirect our efforts,” said Fullerton. “It has been very valuable working with these students since they carry fresh perspectives.  Without fresh perspectives, it is easy to continue plans that may be outdated and ineffective.”

BHSU students who worked on the project included:

Heidi Huether, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Wall
Jessie Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo.
Kie Tatsukawa, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Japan
Michael Cook, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Gillette, Wyo.
Logan Miller, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Chester
Max Bergstrom, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Sturgis

The BHSU School of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management Program will conduct a similar community-based project in fall 2017 and is currently looking for a partner community. Communities interested in partnering with BHSU to develop a strategic plan to foster tourism in their community should contact Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor and program coordinator, at Ignatius.Cahyanto@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6876.