Forest Service employees will be working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads to conduct surveys.
The workers will be wearing bright orange vests and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead.” The interviewers want to know about your visit to the national forest. All information you give is confidential and the survey is voluntary.
This on-going national forest survey has already been conducted at least once on every national forest in the country. Now the agency is returning five years later to update the information as well as to look at recreation trends over time.
The information is useful for forest planning and even local community tourism planning. It also provides forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands and what activities they engage in while there. Other important information forest and tourism planners need includes how satisfied people were with their visit and the economic impact of the recreation visit on the local economy.
Even if you answered the survey questions once, please stop for another interview to provide information about each of your national forest visits. For more information about this program log on to http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.