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Data Series 643

National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Survey 2010/2011: Individual Refuge Results

By Natalie R. Sexton, Alia M. Dietsch, Andrew W. Don Carlos, Lynne M. Koontz, Adam N. Solomon, and Holly M. Miller

Abstract

The National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System), established in 1903 and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), is the leading network of protected lands and waters in the world dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats. There are 556 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts nationwide, encompassing more than 150 million acres. The Refuge System attracts more than 45 million visitors annually, including 25 million people per year to observe and photograph wildlife, over 9 million to hunt and fish, and more than 10 million to participate in educational and interpretation programs. Understanding visitors and characterizing their experiences on national wildlife refuges are critical elements of managing these lands and meeting the goals of the Refuge System.

The Service collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct a national survey of visitors regarding their experiences on national wildlife refuges. The survey was conducted to better understand visitor needs and experiences and to design programs and facilities that respond to those needs. The survey results will inform Service performance planning, budget, and communications goals. Results will also inform Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCPs), Visitor Services, and Transportation Planning processes.

This data series consists of 53 separate data files. Each file describes the results of the survey for an individual refuge and contains the following information:
Introduction: An overview of the Refuge System and the goals of the national surveying effort.
Methods: The procedures for the national surveying effort, including selecting refuges, developing the survey instrument, contacting visitors, and guidance for interpreting the results.
Refuge Description: A brief description of the refuge location, acreage, purpose, recreational activities, and visitation statistics, including a map (where available) and refuge website link.
Sampling at This Refuge: The sampling periods, locations, and response rate for the refuge.
Selected Survey Results: Key findings for the refuge, including:
  o Visitor and Trip Characteristics
  o Visitor Spending in the Local Communities
  o Visitors Opinions about This Refuge
  o Visitor Opinions about National Wildlife Refuge System Topics
Conclusion
References
Survey Frequencies (Appendix A): The survey instrument with the frequency results for this refuge.
Visitor Comments (Appendix B): The verbatim responses to the open-ended survey questions for this refuge.

Combined results for the 53 participating refuges are available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/685/ as part of USGS Data Series 685.
Individual results for an additional 25 refuges participating in the 2012 survey are available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/754/ as part of USGS Data Series 754.

First posted May 15, 2012

For additional information contact:
Alia Dietsch, USGS Fort Collins Science Center
2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. C
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8118

http://www.fort.usgs.gov/

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Suggested citation:

Sexton, N.R., Dietsch, A.M., Don Carlos, A.W., Koontz, L.M., Solomon, A.N. and Miller, H.M., 2012, National wildlife refuge visitor survey 2010/2011—Individual refuge results: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 643.



Data files for individual refuge results listed alphabetically by Service region

Pacific Region (R1)

Cape Meares NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Deer Flat NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Kilauea Point NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Malheur NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

McNary NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Turnbull NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

William L. Finley NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Southwest Region (R2)

Aransas NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Bitter Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Bosque del Apache NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

San Bernard and Brazoria NWRs - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region (R3)

Big Muddy NFWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

DeSoto NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Horicon NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

McGregor District, Upper Mississippi River NWFR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Muscatatuck NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Neal Smith NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Necedah NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Rice Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Tamarac NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Southeast Region (R4)

Banks Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Big Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Cabo Rojo NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Cape Romain NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Merritt Island NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Noxubee NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Pea Island NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Pond Creek NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Reelfoot NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

St. Marks NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Ten Thousand Islands NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Wheeler NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Northeast Region (R5)

Bombay Hook NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Great Swamp NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Monomoy NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Montezuma NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Moosehorn NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Occoquan Bay and Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck NWRs - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Parker River NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Patuxent Research Refuge - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Stewart B. McKinney NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Wertheim NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Mountain-Prairie Region (R6)

Charles M. Russell NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Monte Vista NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

National Elk Refuge - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Quivira NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Sand Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Alaska Region (R7)

Alaska Maritime NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Kenai NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

California and Nevada Region (R8)

Lower Klamath and Tule Lake NWRs - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Ruby Lake NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR - NWR visitor survey 2010_2011

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