Date: August 31, 2011
Call Number: IORT-PR-2011-2
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter
Summary: The Bureau of Land Management Richfield Field Offices's 1982 Management Framwork Plan Officially designated most of the area around Factory Butte open to cross-country motorized recreation. However, emergency restrictions in 2006 restricted use to designated routes and the Swing Arm City open area. These restrictions were put in place due to unacceptable OHV recreation impacts to the Winkler pincuchion cactus and Wright fishhook cactus species, one listed as threatened and the other endangered under the 1973 Endangered Species Act. Based on conversation with managers at the BLM Henery Mountain Field Station, it became apparent that managers possessed insufficient knowledge of current recreational use and recreation users of the Factory Butte Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA). Given the recent closure of much of the SRMA and the potential of re-opening portions, some of the most immediately pertinent information for BLM managers will be data regarding knowledge of closed and open areas, and recreationists' perceptions of the reasons for the closures and management restrictions in place. This will enable managers to evaluate current means of dissemination information about closed and open areas of the SRMA. A four page survey instrument containing 44 questions was developed by Utah State University, IORT social science researchers in collaboration with BLM personnel. Questions included respondent's residence, other demographic questions, familiarity with area, length of stay, recreation activities, impressions of facilities, reasons for area closures, and use of information kiosks. On-site interviews were conducted between August 26, 2010, and April 23, 2011. The surveyors approached visitors, asked them if they were 18 years old or older, and asked if they would answer some questions regarding management of the area. A total of 139 surveys were completed.
Date: May 2006
Call Number: IORT-PR-2006-2
Researcher(s): Nathan M. Wagoner, Dale J. Blahna, Steven W. Burr, and Douglas K. Reiter
Summary: Out of a desire to better understand recreation and recreationists in the area, the BLM Idaho Falls Field Office asked the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (IORT) at Utah State University to conduct a study of visitors to the Saint Anthony Sand Dunes. Information that the BLM requested included: user preferences, use patterns, willingness to pay for use/facilities, visitor satisfaction, and perceived crowding/carrying capacity information. IORT was informed that this information would be used to draft new management plans and to make decisions regarding future on-site management actions. This paper presents findings of visitor intercept and mail surveys related to this information. Implications for future management and research needs are also discussed.
A Front Country Visitor Study for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument—Final Report
: April 2006
: Steven W. Burr, Dale J. Blahna, Doug Reiter, Erin C. Leary, and Nathan M. Wagoner
: The purpose of this project was to gather data from front country visitors to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The study was conducted by the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism during the 2003 and 2004 visitation seasons. The main objectives were: to provide baseline data concerning front country recreation use and visitor characteristics, images, and perceptions of the Monument; and to investigate the relationship between visitation and other Monument values, the Monument travel management plan, and local visitor and community services.
Date: December 31, 2002
Call Number: IORT-PR-2002-3
Researcher(s): Doug Reiter, Dale Blahna, and Monica Zimmerman
: The purpose of this study was to conduct a visitor survey of boaters and campers recreating along a 39-mile stretch of the South Fork of the Snake River in southeast Idaho. Recreation along the South Fork is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Idaho Falls Field Office. In order to provide BLM river corridor managers with river use data, researchers at Utah State University (USU) conducted this survey during the summer of 2001 at five takeouts on the river. The objectives of this research were to gain insights in to visitors' demographic characteristics, recreational use patterns and characteristics, river trip satisfaction and conflicts, attitudes toward use limits, potential alternative destinations, attitudes toward development along the river, and comments and recommendations regarding management rules and policy.
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter, Dale J. Blahna, and Jesse Evans
Summary: Data from visitor use permits of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed rivers shows an increasing demand for river recreation. In 1999, in order to address this increasing use, researchers at Utah State University conducted a survey of river runners in order to provide BLM managers with information about boaters' river management preferences and help guide management decisions. The study focused on river segments that contain raftable whitewater and receive use from commercial rafting operators. Surveys were adminstered to both private and commercial boaters on nine segments of the Colorado, Green, White, and San Juan Rivers The specific objectives were to: 1) update visitor use- and experience-related information; 2) collect economic expenditure data; 3) standardize visitor social and economic information for all river segments; 4) provide information useful for updating or developing BLM management plans for the selected rivers; 5) and gather data that could be relevent for future economicand community development startegies.
Utah River Study Results Report:
Date: December 1998
Call Number: IORT-PR-1998-3
Researcher(s): Douglas K. Reiter and Dale J. Blahna
Summary: Reports the results of a mail survey of sample of registered participants in the 1997 Moab Easter Jeep Safari including information on their experience, information sources, motivations, and preferences for management.