Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:33 PM by MTN News
BOZEMAN - You might see Forest Service employees wearing bright orange vests the next time you head to a national forest.
That's because these folks want to talk to you - so pull over for a visit.
Employees will be wearing the vests, near signs that read "Traffic Survey Ahead."
These well trained interviewers want to know about your visit to the national forest - all information you give is confidential and the survey is voluntary. Surveys are being conducted on the Gallatin National Forest until Sept. 30, 2014
This on-going national forest survey has already been conducted twice on every National Forest in the country. Officials are now returning five years later to update the information previously gathered as well as to look at recreation trends over time. The information provides National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands and what activities they engage in while there, how satisfied people were with their visit, and the economic impact of the public's recreational visit on the local economy.
All responses are totally confidential. Officials say a person's name is never written anywhere on the survey and takes just a few minutes. 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.
"We sure would appreciate it if visitors would pull up and answer a few questions," said Kimberly Schlenker, Gallatin Forest Recreation Program Manager. "Even if you answered the survey questions once already, we would like to talk to you about each of your national forest visits, so if you see us out there again, please stop for another interview."
If you have any questions about this program you can visit our web site at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum