If you plan to visit the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky over the next several months, you may be asked to participate in a national visitor use survey. The U.S. Forest Service just announced that they will be conducting surveys to determine the recreational interests of its visitors.
“We want to hear what our visitors think about our recreation facilities and services provided,” said Forest Supervisor Frank Beum. “This information will help us establish future management needs, as well as provide information for local tourism.”
The last visitor survey conducted on the national forest was in 2007. This survey found, through more than 2100 participants, that the top five activities were hiking, fishing, viewing natural areas, driving for pleasure and boating.
For the new survey, personnel will be stationed at developed and dispersed recreation areas throughout the forest. Visitors should look for signs that say “Traffic Survey Ahead.” Participants will not be required to give their name or address, only a zip code. Participants must be 16 years or older. The average survey time takes less than 10 minutes.
The visitor surveys in the Daniel Boone National Forest will continue through September 2012.