U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



June 12, 1996

Michael Smith 303-236-7905
Sharon Rose 303-236-7905


The first Regional Distribution Center for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) will become operational July 1, 1996 at Brookings, South Dakota, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today. The new center will provide wetlands maps for eight states including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the NWI, has produced wetland maps throughout the United States since the mid 1970's. NWI maps are available for 85 percent of the conterminous United States. Nearly two million NWI maps have been distributed through the NWI National Center and many more through State operated distribution centers.

NWI maps are standard (1:24,000 scale or 7.5 minute) topographic maps that include the location and classification of all photo-interpretable wetlands. Wetland maps are used by many Federal and State agencies, private organizations, and a wide variety of individuals and interests in the private sector. In recent years the maps have become popular with hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists.

The new center in Brookings represents an innovative partnership among South Dakota State University, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agreement allows all users of NWI maps to acquire these valuable products in an economical manner and within a one week delivery time.

When ordering NWI maps the requester must provide two essential pieces of information: (1) name of the state the map is located, and (2) name of each topographic map. The cost of one paper composite map is $4.00, which includes all taxes and shipping.

NWI maps may be ordered by writing: NWI Regional Distribution Center, South Dakota State University, Wildlife and Fisheries Dept., Box 2140-B, Brookings, South Dakota 57007, or by calling (605) 688-5894, or by fax (605) 688-4515.

The Brookings, South Dakota NWI Regional Map Distribution Center provides copies of final maps only. Draft composite maps, mylar copies and digital data are available by calling 1-800-USA-MAPS. Other existing State Distribution Centers in the northern Rocky Mountains and Plains (Wyoming and Nebraska) remain operational.

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