I’m a cartographer and photographer with a focus on connecting people with conservation. I currently lead cartographic design and map-based storytelling for the nation’s leading public lands conservation and advocacy organization, The Wilderness Society. My maps are used in debates in Congress, films, stakeholder meetings throughout the country, court cases, our digital stories, meetings with donors, and more. I’m also a Visiting Scholar at Yale University, where I am collaborating with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication on research into the social science of cartographic communication and perception.

I founded Maps for Good with Ross Donihue in 2012 with the mission of creating maps and media to promote conservation initiatives and connect people with wild places. My work with Maps for Good has taken me to wildlands around the world, some highlights being mapping the future Patagonia National Park in southern Chile, creating science communication stories on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, mapping a Bellbird corridor in Costa Rica, and developing interactive maps of the then-proposed Bears Ears National Monument.

Though now incurably in love with the west, my roots lie in New England, where I grew up on the coast of Massachusetts and earned a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont. Before founding Maps for Good, I got my start in cartography at National Geographic Maps and National Geographic Magazine. I stay involved with the Society as a National Geographic Explorer with the Expeditions Council, which has funded multiple Maps for Good projects. I live in Seattle.


National Geographic Society
Patagonia, Inc.
Conservacion Patagonica
Duct Tape Then Beer
Terry Tempest Williams
The American Alpine Journal
Cascades Wolverine Project
Point Blue Conservation Science
Q Media

featured in

National Geographic 20 Under 30: The Next Generation of National Park Leaders

National Geographic Adventure: See What Inspired National Park Champion Doug Tompkins
National Geographic Expedition Raw: Mapping Patagonia
National Geographic Expedition Raw: Mapping the Mysterious Islands Near San Francisco

Conservacion Patagonica News
Switchback Travel

maps in books

Gobi Grizzlies (Patagonia Books)
Path of the Puma (Patagonia Books)
American Alpine Journal (2018 & 2019)
On the High Line (Thames and Hudson)
Gardens of the High Line (Timber Press)
The Third Coast (Penguin)



Interview on the Dirtbag Diaries

Maps. We’ve all studied them. Stuffed them into backpacks or the seatback pocket of our car. Maybe we’ve even been led astray by a map. But have you ever thought about the person who made that map? Or how that person might influence your initial impression of a landscape?
“A map is not a perfect representation of a landscape. It’s an abstract representation,” says cartographer Marty Schnure. Today, we have a story about a mapmaker, Patagonia Park, and the process Marty uses to create a map–a map that she hopes will connect you to a place.

Credit for photos above (in order): Allen Roberts, Andrew Bogaard, Tahria Sheather, Ross Donihue (x2), Ali Forelli, Ross Donihue (x2).
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© 2019 Marty Schnure