If you get flagged down by a forest ranger the next time you visit the Big Horn National Forest, you may be asked a few questions about your visit. Starting this week, the U.S. Forest Service is collecting data for statistical analysis. Ruth Beckwith with the USFS said the information gathered in the surveys, which are conducted every five years, helps officials decide how to invest in outdoor recreational areas. She said it takes about 10 minutes.
Participation in the survey is voluntary, but the information gleaned from these short interrogations gets used in a few different ways.
Similar initiatives are happening in national forests across the country.