A firm the organization hired to help it prepare an outdoor recreation development plan recently mailed a survey to randomly selected households in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. All responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential.
Kayla Carter, NETREP’s outdoor development manger, said recipients of the mailed survey were based on populations and targeted demographics.
“Once we get the mail results, we will also put the survey online,” she said.
Carter said the survey will help provide a “snapshot of how outdoor enthusiasts are spending their money.”
She also said the surveys are part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to “gather data from all stakeholders” to develop the outdoors plan.
Mitch Miller, chief executive officer for NETREP, said the surveys will provide valuable economic information to policy makers on where local residents are spending their money for outdoor recreation.
He said the information “will open the door to broader planning in specific areas.”
The survey asks respondents to mark the recreation sites they visit, how much along with the outdoor activities they participate in. It also asks residents to list the amount of time and money they spend on these activities.
The survey also wants respondents to rate their satisfaction with existing recreational facilities, and to indicate the kind of outdoor recreational activities that can help contribute to economic development in the region.