Do US Federal Agencies have a convention for coloring the lands under the jurisdiction of each? For example, BLM lands are often yellow, USFS light green, NPS blue or dark green, etc. I've found this, but it seems to be for the internal use of a single agency, where I'm looking for public applications.

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    I'm not aware of any such universal agency standard. The cartographic standards are typically by agency and in some case by map/map type. For example I've never seen NPS as blue. Sometimes USFS and NPS lands aren't even distinguished - in fact many of the categories in your link are often just merged together. In cases where they are, I usually see NPS as a darker green - theoretically because they're smaller, so a darker color in a smaller area uses less ink and isn't as visually overwhelming as light colors in a darker field. – Chris W Jul 25 '15 at 19:25

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