Wayne National Forest officials will conduct recreation survey

Published 2:45 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NELSONVILLE — The Wayne National Forest will conduct a voluntary forest-wide recreation use visitor survey from Thursday through Sept. 30, 2014.

The national survey is designed to determine how many people visited the forest and the recreation activities in which visitors participated while they were there.

Forest users may see Forest Service employees talking with visitors as they leave the Wayne National Forest’s developed recreation areas, such as campgrounds, trailheads, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches and general forest areas (lakes, rivers and roads).

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If the location is an interview site, there will be a “Recreation Use Survey Ahead” sign posted, and the interviewers will be wearing bright orange vests.

Responses to the recreation survey are voluntary and completely confidential. Names are not written anywhere on the survey. The basic interview takes approximately six minutes.

The visitor will be asked for information regarding what type of recreation activities they participated in, the number of people in the group, length of their visit, satisfaction with facilities and services offered, amount of money spent during the visit, etc. Forest planners and local tourism officials will use the survey results to determine future recreation needs for the public.

“The survey is entirely voluntary. We encourage visitors to participate in the interviews with us,” said Anne Carey, forest supervisor. “We welcome the opportunity to talk with people who visit their national forests and appreciate them taking a few minutes to participate in the interviews.”

For more information, contact the Wayne National Forest at 740-753-0101 (Athens), 740-373-9055 (Marietta), or 740-534-6500 (Ironton) or visit the following website www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.