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Shasta-Trinity Forest begins visitor surveys
« on: October 12, 2007, 03:00:06 PM »
News Releases: 2007
USDA Forest Service
Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Contact: Jodi Marron
(530) 226-2595

Forest begins visitor surveys

REDDING , Calif. ( October 10, 2007) – The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is seeking the public's help to better understand recreation use on National Forest System lands. Wearing orange vests and standing near signs saying "Traffic Survey Ahead" interviewers began the 12 month process of gathering customer information Oct. 1.

At randomly selected locations visitors will be asked if they would be willing to volunteer information about their stay on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Similar to consumer product surveys, forest visitors will be asked where they go to recreate, for how long, and did they find the recreation sites to the standard they expected.

All responses are totally confidential and a person's name is never written on the survey. The basic interview lasts about eight minutes. Every other visitor is asked a few additional questions which may take an additional five minutes. If any part of the questionnaire is considered too personal it need not be answered.

The primary purpose of this study is to accurately estimate recreation and wilderness use on Forest Service managed lands. The information gathered will be shared with local communities to assist tourism projections, improve or plan additional recreation sites, as well as assist in local forest planning. Information about how many visitors and where visitors go on National Forests is important to knowing how to better serve the public.

This on-going national forest survey has already been conducted once on every National Forest in the country. The last survey on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest was completed in 2002.

"Although the survey is entirely voluntary, we would appreciate if visitors would take the time and answer a few questions," said Forest Public Uses Staff Officer John Schuyler. "Even if you answered the survey questions at another forest, we would like to talk to you about each of your forest visits."

For additional information about this program please visit our web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.

For more information on the National Visitor Use Monitoring survey, please contact the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Public Uses at (530) 226-2500.
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