Forest Service Roads

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Background

Among many of the functions of the United States Forest Service (USFS) is the development and maintenance of Forest System roads that are relied upon by USFS and the public. The USFS uses these to maintain its forests, aid in fighting forest fires, allow public use, and other functions.

Some of these roads can be critical to local populations not just for recreation, but for regular travel. Such use is likely more common in rural and western states than it is for urban or eastern states.

The USFS specifically issues Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) that identify specifically where USFS allows use of their roads by public motor vehicles. Some of these roads are paved and well maintained, others are dirt but used like streets, while others are dirt roads that are not well maintained and will only accommodate 4x4 wheel vehicles.

Waze and Forest Service Roads

Creating accurate and properly represented USFS roads in Waze will:

  • benefit large numbers of tourists and recreational users of USFS roads,
  • allow those lost in some areas to navigate to regular roadways,
  • allow local populations use of USFS roads

Resources

USFS Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) identify specifically where USFS allows use of their roads by public motor vehicles. They are available for a small fee in hard copy or can be found online in PDF format.

A listing of forests that maintain MVUM maps is available as a great resource for Waze editors.