Public Surveys on the Coronado National Forest

Release Date: Dec 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 — The public will encounter contract employees working on the Coronado National Forest in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along forest service roads. They will be out in all types of weather conditions, wearing bright orange vests, and be near a sign that says “Traffic Survey Ahead” to administer voluntary surveys and gather data about forest visitors. Popular areas where survey crews may be encountered include Sabino Canyon, Madera Canyon, and the Catalina Highway.

National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Survey

The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey is being conducted on the Coronado National Forest; efforts began in October of 2021 and will go through September 30, 2022. The information gathered is useful for forest planning as well as local community tourism planning. Survey data provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people actually recreate on National Forest System lands, what activities they engage in while there, and how satisfied people were with their visit. Economic impact to the local economy is also captured in the survey. The Coronado National Forest welcomes between 1.4 and 2.9 million visitors annually.

Voluntary and Confidential Visitor Surveys

The survey gathers basic visitor information. Surveys are voluntary and all responses are confidential; names are not included. Interviews last about 10 minutes. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip. Questions asked include:
Where you recreated on the Forest.

  • How many people traveled with you.
  • How long you were on the Forest.
  • What other recreation sites you visited while on the Forest.
  • How satisfied you are with the facilities and services provided.

Participation is Important

“Although the survey is entirely voluntary, participation is extremely important so we can assess visitor experiences on the Forest and strive to make it a better place to visit,” said Adam Milnor, Forest Recreation Program Manager on the Coronado National Forest. “We would appreciate it if visitors would pull over and answer a few questions. It’s important for interviewers to talk with local people using the forest, as well as out-of-area visitors, so all types of visitors are represented in the study.”

For more information visit the National Visitor Use Monitoring program. For more information on the Forest visit the Coronado National Forest website, or visit us on Facebook.