Chugach National Forest Service wants to know what you think of its lands and organization. As a part of the National Visitor Use Monitoring program, Chugach National Forest staff will conduct interviews of visitors at recreation sites throughout the Chugach National Forest this summer. Uniformed Forest Service employees will be at recreation sites, trailheads, and Forest Service roads through- out the forest and may approach you to find out more about your activity, opinions and more. Signs that state “Survey Site, Please Stop” are posted near where the Forest Service employees will be stationed.
Interview participation is confidential and the survey is voluntary. Interviews last about eight minutes and will include questions to help determine how many people recreate on the Chugach National Forest, in which activities people engage, and how satisfied they are with their visit. Some visitors will be asked questions regarding recreation dollars spent during their trip to determine the economic impact of recreation visits on the local economy.
The National Visitor Use Monitoring survey has already been conducted twice on every National Forest in the country. Surveys are conducted every five years to update information previously gathered as well as look at recreation trends. Information collected in this national study will be combined with national statistics and used in local forest planning as well as helping with local community tour- ism planning. The more Chugach National Forest managers know about visitors, especially their satisfaction and desired recreation activities, the better quality recreation opportunities can be provided to the public. For questions about the survey, visit the Chugach National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/.