Almost all of my Forest Service contacts said there was a great deal more recreation occurring on the National Forests due to Covid. But they didn’t have counts. Some public affairs sources said they would have to wait for their turn with NVUM (which is not every year for every Forest).
Note: this is just the information I received and/or pieced together from various contacts. Some contacts did not return emails. If this isn’t true, please speak up and comment or email me.
I think Headwaters Economics had a good point that in arguing for recreation budgets, we need to know the numbers. So they developed this report.
I haven’t read it in its entirety, but would like to know what others think.
1. Is counting recreationists important to managers and others?
2, Is NVUM enough? Can it be fixed to be enough?
3. What do you think of Headwaters’ ideas?
4. What are your own ideas (about counting recreationists?)
5. Does it make sense for BLM and the FS to use the same approach since they are all mixed together spatially in parts of the country?