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Interviewers to gather information from national forest users

Visitors asked to take part in national survey project

On your visit to the Mt. Hood National Forest this fall, you may come across an interviewer.

Beginning this month, trained interviewers will be stationed at recreation sites along forest service roads to gather information as part of an ongoing national survey program.

According to a news release by the Mt. Hood National Forest, every national forest in the country has conducted at least two surveys in recent years. Mt. Hood National Forest’s last survey was conducted five years ago, and personnel with the forest are updating visitor use information.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Trained interviewers collect information from a Mt. Hood National Forest visitor.

“This effort will update the earlier data and allow us to study recreation trends over time,” read the release. “Survey results provide the Forest managers with an estimate of how many people actually recreate on federal lands and what activities they engage in while there. The more we all know about national forest visitors, especially their satisfaction levels and favorite activities, the better prepared managers and leadership will be when developing budgets, planning new facilities, or considering new initiatives.”

Information on economic impacts of recreation visitors also will be collected, as many community leaders and residents near the Forest hope tourism will strengthen local economies.

A basic interview lasts about eight minutes, with questions that cover where you are going, how many people you’re traveling with, how long you plan to be on the Forest, what other recreation sites you visit and if you are satisfied with the facilities and services provided.

About one-third of participants will be asked addition questions about recreation spending during their trip.

All information collected during the interviews will be confidential, and no names or identifying information will be requested. Interviewees should not hesitate to stop and participate in the survey more than once.

For more information on this project, visit fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum/ .