June 6, 2012

Georgia state parks app ranks among top iTunes downloads

Submitted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

ATLANTA — A free app highlighting Georgia’s State Parks and Wildlife Resources was recently ranked No. 34 in downloads on iTunes Apple store.  Developed by ParksByNature Network, the Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger Mobile App offers advanced interactive GPS and GIS Map technology for tracking trails, marking waypoints and locating landmarks in the great outdoors. Georgia's state parks, wildlife management areas and public fishing areas are operated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger app is available on iTunes, Android Market and PocketRanger.com. It is also formatted as a mobile website for ease of use for Blackberry users.

App users are able to locate friends within parks using the Friend Finder feature. The potentially life-saving Alert feature supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency. Guests can also cache park maps in advance to ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.

In addition to GPS technology, the Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger provides other tools that make exploring the great outdoors a breeze. Visitors can decide which Georgia State Park, Wildlife Management Areas or Public Fishing Areas to visit using a list of activities or searching a region. The Calendar of Events is updated in real time. Weather forecasts are at users’ fingertips. Property rules and regulations are a click away, which is especially helpful to anglers and sportsmen.

The Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide tutorial is available at http://www.youtube.com/user/PocketRangerApp.