Beginning the first week in October, personnel from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) will be conducting recreation visitor use surveys. A survey of this kind was conducted about five years ago.
It's time to survey again with the purpose of identifying the kinds and levels of use on the forest and to help the Forest Service gauge visitor satisfaction.
Public participation in the survey is voluntary and the time needed to complete it is approximately 10 minutes. Forest employees are trained to do the surveys and will be identified as such. Signs will be posted in the survey areas to notify locals and visitors alike. Rain or shine, at recreation facilities or on the trail, day or evening, weekday or weekend the surveys will be conducted! All information given is confidential and visitors will not be asked to give their name or other means of identification.
"Although the survey is entirely voluntary, it is important and we hope that when asked, visitors will stop and take a few minutes to take the survey," stated Becca Hammargren, assistant recreation program manager. "We want to talk with as many forest users as we can, and the information we collect will help us do a better job of meeting our public's needs now and in the future."
The questions visitors are asked include: where they recreated on the forest, how many people they traveled with, 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. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.
Additional information about this survey program can be found at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.blog comments powered by Disqus