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National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program


About the Program

The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program is a Congressionally mandated program within the USGS that operates under guidelines found in the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 (PL 102-285) and its subsequent reauthorizations of 1997 (PL 105-36), 1999 (PL 106-148), and 2009 (PL 111-11).

The Program has three primary components:

FEDMAP - Funds Federal geologic mapping projects.

STATEMAP - A matching-funds grant program with State geological surveys

EDMAP - A matching-funds grant program with universities that has a goal to train the next generation of geologic mappers.

Program History

In 1998, the USGS and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) developed the concepts for a national geologic mapping program. This ultimately resulted in the passage of the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 by Congress, and the creation of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. Learn More ...


Each year, the NCGMP receives Federal funds to support geologic mapping efforts in its FEDMAP, STATEMAP, and EDMAP components through competitive funding processes. Learn More ...


The NCGMP is monitored and evaluated regularly by several methods, including:

  • Oversight through the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA),
  • Measurement of performance through the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA),
  • Reports via the the National Research Council, and
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science

These evaluatory tools are designed to ensure the mission of the Program is conducted efficiently and effectively on behalf of the Nation. Learn More...

Program Planning

NCGMP five-year strategic plans are used to guide geologic mapping efforts that are funded by the Program. These documents are also a major part of the USGS annual program planning. Learn More ...


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