National Forest Surveys Begin in October!

LNFALAMOGORDO, NM – October 18, 2013 – Visitor use surveys will launch in October, with a completion date of September 30, 2014.  Soon, you may see Forest Service and contract employees working in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. They will be wearing bright orange vests. Their presence will be marked by a “Traffic Survey Ahead” sign. “The interviewers are people from the local area. They are well-trained and want to know about your visit to the Lincoln National Forest,” said Sabrina Flores, coordinator for the 2014 National Visitor Use Monitoring survey on the Lincoln National Forest. “Participation in the survey is voluntary and the information that you provide is confidential,” Flores added.

The first national forest survey was conducted five years ago. This subsequent survey will capture new data that will help identify recreation trends and use patterns, and customer satisfaction. The information is useful for forest planning and can provide reference data to local communities in their tourism planning activities.

We sure would appreciate it if visitors, including those from out-of-town and the local area, would take a few minutes to answer some questions. Interviews collected will represent a diverse group of people and will ensure a well-represented population of forest visitors. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Sabrina Flores at 575-434-7237, or visit:

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