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Hoosier National Forest Conducting Voluntary Visitor Survey

Last updated on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

(BEDFORD) - The Hoosier National Forest will conduct a voluntary recreation visitor survey from October 2, 2013 through September 30, 2014.

The nationwide survey is designed to determine how many people visited the Forest and what recreational activities visitors participated in while they were there.

Forest Service employees may be seen talking with visitors as they leave the Hoosier National Forest's developed recreation areas, in the wilderness area, or in general forest areas (roads and trailheads). Interview sites are marked with "Traffic Survey Ahead" signs, and the interviewers will be wearing Forest Service uniforms and bright orange vests.

Responses to the recreation survey are voluntary and completely confidential. Names are not included on the survey form. The interview takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The visitor will be asked for information regarding: 1) how many people are in their group, 2) the length of their visit, 3) their level of satisfaction with facilities and services, and 4) how much money they spent during the visit.

Additionally visitors will be asked why they came to the National Forest, answers might include: sightseeing, swimming, hunting, hiking, or other activities. Forest planners and local tourism officials use the survey results to determine future recreation needs for the public.

"The survey provides a great opportunity for the public to provide input to the Forest Service about why they visit their national forests," said Nancy Myers, Outdoor Recreation Planner. "We appreciate their taking a few minutes to participate."

If you have questions regarding the survey, contact Nancy Myers at the Tell City Ranger District office, 812-547-9241 or by email at nmyers@fs.fed.us.

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