The 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation began yesterday and will run through May 31. The survey is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is supported by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
The surveys are conducted every five years primarily by phone to update information about fish and wildlife related recreation. The surveys are used to analyze trends in participation and expenditures and to estimate demands for outdoor recreation. Participation in the survey is voluntary and all answers are confidential.
LDWF is encouraging all outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists to participate, LDWF Secretary Dwight Landreneau said. The answers provided give us valuable information on the present state of outdoor recreation and will help guide our decision making in the future.
A random sample size of 85,000 households will be used for the survey. A second wave of surveys will be conducted in September and October of 2006, and a third survey will be conducted in January and February of 2007.
Preliminary survey findings will be available in the spring of 2007. Final reports will be issued in the fall of 2007. The Multistate Conservation Grant Program funds the surveys.
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