The Geologic Maps Foundation (GMF) was founded in 2016 with the following objectives:
- Provide public education on geologic maps that includes the uses and benefits of these vital data sets and interpretations, plus teaching map reading and map making skills. Educational opportunities are provided through geo-hikes (for hikers and geologists), professional geologic field trips, and courses. These events are listed and open for RSVPs at: https://www.meetup.com/Geo-hikes/
- Preservation of unpublished and out-of-print geologic maps, cross sections, and other geologic data and interpretations, and make available to the public, researchers, and policy makers via GMF’s web page: see Samples & Library pull down menu at: http://geologicmapsfoundation.org/.
- Provide the public immediate education and information on potential geologic hazards. For instance, using a social media campaign, GMF provided the public in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties a Debris Flow Facts & Safety pamphlet immediately following the 2017 Thomas Fire in western Ventura and eastern Santa Barbara Counties, and immediately following the 2018 fires in eastern Ventura County: bottom page link at: http://geologicmapsfoundation.org/ Or: Click to see our 2017-2018 efforts.
- Perform geologic research that deals with the world’s changing energy challenges and associated environmental questions; for example, a present focus is the siting of natural gas storage fields across active faults in California: http://geologicmapsfoundation.org/publications.html