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Boise National Forest visitors may see surveyors at recreation sites in the next year

By: - October 2, 2023 4:10 am
a road sign signaling “Survey Site,

Surveyors conducting the National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey will be wearing reflective vests and will often be near a road sign signaling “Survey Site,” like this one. (Courtesy of the Boise National Forest)

Visitors to the Boise National Forest may encounter survey takers at recreation sites and along forest system roads as part of the National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Surveyors will be wearing reflective vests and will often be near a road sign signaling “Survey Site.”

Surveys are voluntary, anonymous, confidential and last about five minutes, according to the press release. The information collected will help Boise National Forest managers estimate how many people recreate on the forest, what activities they engage in and visitor satisfaction. Economic impact is also captured and is useful for local community tourism planning, the release said.

“Although the survey is entirely voluntary, participation is extremely important so we can assess visitor experiences and strive to make it a better place to visit,” said Boise National Forest Supervisor Brant Petersen. “We would appreciate visitors taking a moment to participate and answer a few questions. It’s important for interviewers to talk with local visitors, as well as those from out-of-area, so everyone is represented in the study.”

Surveyors will be working throughout the Boise National Forest until Sept. 30, 2024.


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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.