Visitor use surveys being conducted on forests

Forest Service

The National Visitor Use Monitoring survey is being conducted on the Bighorn and Custer Gallatin national forests from Oct. 1, through Sept. 30, 2023.

The survey on the Custer Gallatin this year is focused on the Beartooth, Ashland and Sioux ranger districts. Surveys on the Gardiner, Yellowstone, Bozeman and Hebgen Lake ranger districts will occur the following year.

Fall 2022 kicks off the fourth round of visitor use surveys conducted on the forest, the last was conducted on these Ranger Districts in 2018-19. This five-year follow-up will update information previously gathered and identify recreation trends over time.

The information collected provides managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on forest land. Other important information includes visitors’ satisfaction with their experiences and the economic impact of recreational visits on the local economy.

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The survey gathers basic visitor information and is confidential. There are no names collected. The basic interview lasts about 10 minutes. The questions visitors will be asked include where they recreated on the forest, what activities they participated in, how many people they traveled with, how long they were on the forest, what other

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