Today marks the beginning of a national visitor use monitoring study at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
The survey aims to gather information on the different types of forest visitors, activities the visitors engage in and which areas of the forest receive the most use.
“Forest employees will be conducting surveys all over the Forest. Signs will be posted notifying visitors that a volunteer recreation use survey is in progress,” said Jeff Mell, Recreation Program Manager on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Responses to the visitor use survey are voluntary and completely confidential. No names are collected as part of the survey.
“Interviews will not take long and will be conducted as visitors are leaving the area of the forest where the survey is taking place on a given day,” said Mell. “The information gathered is helpful to the Forest for managing its recreation resources in such a way that best meets the needs of visitors, while maintaining the quality of the natural environment.”
The National Visitor Use Monitoring program is an ongoing national monitoring program that uses random sampling to develop estimates of visitor use, characteristics, satisfaction and spending information relevant to each national forest. Results from individual forests are combined to provide regional and national estimates and descriptions of visits.
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