A typical survey question might be: “What is the primary purpose of your visit to the Lolo National Forest today?” The survey takes about 15 minutes. The public is asked to participate in this confidential and voluntary interview and share their experience so that a thorough and accurate survey result is achieved.
For the last 15 years the Lolo National Forest has conducted these on-going surveys in five year intervals. This coming survey will update the information previously gathered. The information gathered is useful for planning purposes and will provide Lolo National Forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands, what specific locations they choose to visit and what activities they engage in while there. The more that is known about visitor use, especially user satisfaction and interests, the better managers can provide for the user’s needs in the future.
According to Lolo National Forest survey coordinator Danna Scholz, every response is valuable and ultimately the results are dependent on public participation. She encourages citizens to take a few minutes to help achieve the best result possible.
“If you stumble upon a survey, please participate. Even if you answered the survey questions once already, we would like to talk to you about each of your national forest visits; every visit to your public lands is important and needs to be recorded.”
If you have any questions about this program you can visit the program web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum