National Forest visitor surveys start October 1

Release Date: Sep 25, 2017

Contact(s): Tamara Schmidt


LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Do you want to take a survey?

Beginning Sunday, October 1, visitors to the Fremont-Winema National Forest may discover an opportunity to talk with a Forest Service employee, take a survey and share thoughts about their visitor experience on the forest.

This is the start of the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program survey, a year-long process that occurs on a five-year cycle on every National Forest.  The Fremont-Winema National Forest will be conducting surveys through September 30, 2018.

Survey takers will be working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads throughout the Fremont-Winema National Forest.  They will be wearing orange vests and generally near a sign that reads “Traffic Survey Ahead”.  Surveys are conducted at various locations daily in all weather conditions.

“This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy recreating on the forest to have a conversation with our employees,” said Acting Recreation, Engineering, Archaeology, Lands and Minerals Staff Officer Catherine Callaghan.  “Although the survey is voluntary, we would appreciate visitors taking a few moments to participate.  It’s important that we hear from local forest visitors as well as those who are from outside the area.  And, even if you have taken the survey before, we would love to hear from you whenever you come across a survey taker in the forest to talk about your current visit!”

The survey gathers basic visitor information.  All responses are anonymous and confidential – a name is not written anywhere on the survey.  The basic interview lasts approximately 10 to 12 minutes, with some visitors asked a few additional questions which may take around 5 minutes more.

Questions visitors are asked include where they recreated on the forest, how many people they traveled with, how long they were on the forest, and how satisfied they were with the facilities and services provided.

About a third of visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.

Information collected through the surveys will be used as part of local planning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, regional Forest Service planning, and even by Congress.  The information also helps local communities with an interest in tourism and is an important resource for local organizations and partners with an interest in recreation.

For more information about the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program, please visit www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.

To learn more about the Fremont-Winema National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/fremont-winema or follow the Forest on Twitter @FremontWinemaNF.

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