HARRISBURG, IL — The public will meet employees and volunteers working in the Shawnee National Forest at developed and scattered recreation sites and on Forest Service roads next to a sign that reads “Traffic Survey Ahead.”
The National Visitor Use Monitoring Survey (NVUM) is underway on the forest, according to a Forest Service news release. It started on October 1 and will run until September 30, 2023.
The information collected will be used for forest planning and local community tourism planning. This gives national forest managers an idea of how many people recreate in the forest, what activities they engage in, and how happy people are with their visits. The economic impact is also taken into account.
The survey collects basic information. They are voluntary and confidential – names are not included.
Interviews last approximately 10 minutes. Questions include: where you recreated, how many people traveled with you, how long you stayed there, what other sites you visited in the forest, and how satisfied you were. About a third of visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on leisure spending while on their trip.
Information on the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program can be found at www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/nvum.