Map Services

IMPORTANT NOTICE, for all users of EDW web services:

The domain is deprecated and will no longer be valid after December 31, 2017.

All Forest Service map, feature, and image services currently work with both the deprecated
domain prefix ( as well as the
domain prefix (

ONLY the domain will remain functional after the end of 2017.

Please update your bookmarks. For more information, please contact the USFS Data Team at:

Nationwide datasets are published as map services. These map services can be found at the following locations:


How to use map services:

Map services are maps made available to the web using ArcGIS. A map is created in ArcMap and published as a service to an ArcGIS Server site. Internet or Intranet users can then use the map service in web applications, ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online, and other client applications.

If you simply need to view the data in a service and get information about individual features, a map service will suffice. If you need to access the features within a service in ArcMap and change symbology, perform complex queries, add data to geoprocessing tools, and download data, then a feature service is required. A feature service allows users to execute queries to get features, change symbology, apply and change labeling, and perform edits that can be applied to the server if editing is enabled. Data from relationship classes and nonspatial tables can also be queried and edited using feature services.

For a more in-depth walkthrough of how to use EDW Map and Feature Services, please refer to the following guide: How to Use Map and Feature Services

How to see whether certain data layers are available for a specific forest:

Some data is published on a forest by forest basis. The instructions in this PDF document will tell you how to determine whether certain data layers are available for a specific forest.