Sparky’s Tip of the Week #5 – Maps
Sparky has decided to write his own outdoor column called “Sparky’s Tip of the Week”. He hopes you enjoy some of his insights.
Maps are one of the essential pieces of equipment you need when venturing into the forest. There is several types of maps you will need.
First is a road map;
Second is a USDA Forest Service map and/or Oregon Department of Forestry map;
Third is USDA Forest Service Ranger District map. Each National Forest is divided into several administrative Ranger Districts. Each Ranger District has its own maps that are combined topographic and roads map. These Ranger District maps are most useful for off-trail navigation.
Fourth is for mushroom collectors, the USDA Forest Service provides a mushroom harvest map, which outlines areas open for collecting wild fungi.
Sparky’s recommendations: Make sure you carry all of them with you, especially the USDA Ranger District maps. Pay close attention to road closure posted at the Ranger Stations or website (see below). People every years head down closed roads and get stuck. We hear about them later on the news being rescued or worse deceased. It is dangerous and foolish not to get information and maps before heading out into forest. Sparky promised to bite me if I ever forget to do so.