(Cody, Wyo.) – Starting Oct. 5, you may see people wearing bright orange vests in developed and dispersed recreation sites as well as along Forest Service roads. They will be near signs that say “Traffic Survey Ahead.” These well-trained interviewers will be conducting voluntary surveys about your visit to the national forest. Surveys will continue through September 2014.
These surveys have been conducted twice on every national forest in the country, and we are now resurveying on a 5-year cycle to update previously gathered information and show possible trends in recreation over time. The information is used for future forest planning and local community tourism planning. It provides national forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands, what activities they engage in while there, how satisfied people are with their visit, and the economic impact their visit has on the local economy.
All responses are 100% confidential; the basic survey lasts about 8 minutes. Some questions visitors will be asked include where they recreated on the Forest, how long they were on the Forest, what other recreation sites they visited while on the Forest, and how satisfied they were with the facilities and services provided. Some visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on spending during their trip.