Road and trail counters will be placed at randomly selected locations to gather information about numbers of visitors. Forest Service personnel will also conduct personal interviews at survey sites at various recreation sites and along forest roads. Personnel will be wearing orange vests and stationed near signs that read “Traffic Survey Ahead.”
When you encounter one of these stations, Forest employees would like you to stop and briefly discuss your recreation visit. Each interview will take approximately 10 minutes. Forest visitors will be asked questions related to; the location of their recreation visit; how many people they traveled with; and the duration of their Forest stay. All responses are confidential.
Information collected in this national study will be used for recreation planning on the Helena Forest, at state levels, and even by Congress. The more that is known about recreation use and enjoyment, the better managers can respond to visitor needs and desires.
This survey is entirely voluntary. Managers on the Helena National Forest appreciate your cooperation and input. If you have questions about this recreation study you can visit the national web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum or call Gabe Witham at the Helena Forest Supervisors Office at 406-495-3915.