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Recreation Survey Gathers Visitor’s Opinions

Springerville, AZ, March 1, 2018 -- For Immediate Release — Visitors to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests may be asked to complete a National Visitor Use Survey through September of 2018, to assist with recreation program management.

Information collected in the survey will be used for forest and local tourism planning, and will provide forest staff with an estimate of how many people visit the forest and what they do while they are there. The survey results will also show levels of visitor satisfaction and the economic impact forest visitors have on the local economy.

A basic interview will last approximately 8-12 minutes and visitors will be asked about sites they visited; how they engaged with the forest; what they enjoyed most about their visit and suggestions for improvements. About one third of the visitors will also be asked to complete an additional survey on recreation spending.

Interviewers will be recognized by their bright orange vests and will be stationed near signs reading “Recreation Survey Ahead.” Names will not be written on the survey, and all responses are voluntary and confidential. The same survey is conducted on every national forest every five years.

The more managers learn about visitor expectations of national forest facilities and recreation opportunities, the better they can understand and consider visitor needs in future planning. Although the survey is entirely voluntary, we depend on visitor feedback to help plan our work, so please spare a few minutes for our interviewers. It is important for the surveyors to talk with local people who use the forest as well as out-of-area visitors, so that all types of visitors are represented in the study.

Questions or concerns contact the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Supervisors Office at  928-333-6280 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf



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