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Georgia DNR seeks public input on outdoor recreation

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be gathering input on statewide outdoor recreation services via a telephone survey over the next month.

More than 1,000 people will be contacted by the Survey Research and Evaluation unit of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to participate in the survey.

Survey results, along with information garnered from focus group discussions and public input meetings, will be used to help assess and make recommendations on four primary outdoor recreation focus areas: conservation, health and wellness, economic vitality and quality of life, and greater financial sustainability.

The results will be used to help formulate Georgia’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, the official policy addressing outdoor recreation services across Georgia.

The plan must be updated every five years for the state to be eligible for federal assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The survey takes 11 to 19 minutes to complete and respondents will be asked about outdoor recreation experiences with their city, county, state and national parks, trails, wildlife and fishing areas. They can explain what is important to them about outdoor recreation and what might prevent them from enjoying it as often as they would like.

When called, survey respondents are encouraged to complete the telephone survey or consider rescheduling the interview.

For questions regarding the survey, contact Antoinette Norfleet at 770-389-7264 or or consultant Eric VanDeGenachte of Vanguard Contingent at 678-948-8467 or