National Visitor Use Monitoring Surveys to Begin Now

    National Visitor Use Monitoring Surveys to Begin October 1, 2021

    PRESCOTT, AZ, September 27, 2021 – In the near future, visitors to Prescott National Forest may see contract employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. They  will be positioned near signs stating, “Traffic Survey Ahead,” wearing bright orange vests.  

    The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey is being conducted on the Prescott National Forest October 2021 through September 2022. The ongoing survey was last conducted on the Prescott  National Forest in 2016/2017. This five-year follow-up will update information previously gathered and identify recreation trends over time. The information is useful for forest planning and local community tourism planning. It provides national forest managers with an estimate of how many people recreate on federal lands and activities they engage in while there.

    Other important information forest and tourism planners find useful includes visitors’ satisfaction with their experiences and the economic impact of recreational visits on the local economy. Information collected in the national study will also be used at the state planning level and by Congress. The more information known about visitor experiences, particularly concerning satisfaction and areas of potential improvement, the better managers can provide for their needs. 

    As part of this effort, those conducting surveys may be out in favorable or adverse weather conditions. They will engage visitors to answer questions about their use of the national forests and will inquire about their experiences. Visitors are encouraged to stop to be interviewed. All information provided is confidential and the survey is voluntary.  

    The survey gathers basic visitor information. The basic interview lasts about eight minutes. The questions visitors will be asked include where they recreated on the forest, how many people they traveled with, how long they were on the forest, what other recreation sites they visited while on the forest, and how satisfied they were with the facilities and services provided. Approximately one-third of visitors will be asked to complete a confidential survey on recreational spending during their trip.  

    The survey is entirely voluntary. Survey personnel encourage visitors to stop to answer survey questions. Interviews with local forest users are important, as well as interviews with out-of-area visitors, to include all types of visitor representation in the study. Visitors who have answered the survey questions previously are encouraged to again participate to provide information on each national forest visit. Further information can be found on the survey website at National Visitor Use  Monitoring Program | US Forest Service (,  

    For more information contact the Bradshaw & Chino Valley Ranger Districts at 928-443-8000. Stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Debbie Maneely 
    Public Affairs / FOIAForest ServicePrescott National Forestp: 928-777-2212 
    c: 928-499-4736 
    [email protected]
    735N. HWY 89
    Chino Valley, AZ 86323

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