The Bureau of Land Management is making it easier to take maps into the backcountry. The agency launched a series of digital maps that can be downloaded to a smart phone or tablet through the Avenza Maps app.

The first eight maps range from the Steese Conservation Area to the Unalakleet National Wild River.

“There’s also information about points of interest in the areas and historical facts and pictures too,” BLM Alaska spokeswoman Lisa Gleason explained as she showed off the app.

Even if a device is outside the range of cell service, phones can still use GPS.

BLM staff members and volunteers will be at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show at the Sullivan Arena Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1, to answer questions about how to use or download the app.

Correction: An earlier version of this report included an incorrect name for Gleason. This has been amended.

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