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Dixie National Forest to conduct visitor surveys

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 1:08 p.m. MDT

The Dixie National Forest is conducting visitor surveys as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring Program.

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CEDAR CITY — The Dixie National Forest is conducting visitor surveys as part of the U.S. Forest Service’s National Visitor Use Monitoring Program.

The surveys will be conducted at randomly chosen recreation sites, trailheads and along Forest Service roads. The workers will be wearing bright orange vests and stationed near a sign that reads “Traffic Survey Ahead.” All information given is confidential and the survey is voluntary. Interviews usually last 10 to 15 minutes.

“These surveys are important because the information gathered assists forest managers in forest planning as well as reports to Congress," said Dean Cummings, program field coordinator. "The results are also helpful to local communities who use it for tourism planning.”

Survey results provide forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands and what activities they engage in while there. Other important information it provides includes how satisfied people were with their visit and the local economic impact of their recreational visit.

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