National Visitor Use Monitoring begins on Plumas National Forest
Quincy, CA - Starting in October, the Plumas National Forest will be surveying forest visitors for the National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) program. Through an agreement with Plumas National Forest, staff from the Sierra Institute will conduct the surveys in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. "These interviewers are gathering important information on visits to the Plumas National Forest, so please pull over for an interview if you get the chance," said Earl Ford, Plumas National Forest Supervisor. "The survey is voluntary and all the information you give is confidential." Surveyors will be wearing bright orange vests and may be near a sign that reads "Traffic Survey Ahead." They may be out in all kinds of adverse weather conditions.
Individual National Forests conduct this year-long survey every five years, using a standardized service-wide approach. It has already been conducted at least twice on every National Forest in the country. Each new round updates the information previously gathered and provides a look at recreation trends over time. The survey provides estimates of the number of people recreating on national forest lands, the activities they engage in, visitor satisfaction, and local economic impacts of recreation. The information is useful for forest planning, as well as local and state level planning.
The basic interview lasts about 8 minutes. Every other visitor is asked a few additional questions, which may take an additional 5 minutes. Questions address locations and duration of visits, size of visitor groups, and satisfaction with facilities and services provided. About a third of the visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreation spending during their trip.
The visitor use monitoring program will continue from October 2014 through September 2015. Survey dates and sites are selected through a random sampling process, so visitors may see surveyors at different location on different dates. The survey is voluntary and all visitors encountering surveyors are eligible to participate.
More information on the survey is available at the National Visitor Use Monitoring web site: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.