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National river recreation study data: a nationwide survey of river recreation use from 1977-1984

This data publication contains data collected as part of the National River Recreation Study (NRRS), which was a program of long-term research on river recreationists nationwide. The North Central Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, St. Paul, Minnesota (NCFES) conducted the overall study between 1977 and 1984. Both onsite interviews and mail back surveys were used to collect data, which included recreationist responses from over 69 surveys that took place in 23 states across the United States on 57 different river segments. Participants were asked questions about river usage (how often visited, type of watercraft used, etc.), opinions of location (erosion of stream banks, litter on banks, too many homes along river, etc.), changes people might like to see (more parking at access points, post signs warning of hazard, etc.), why they visit the location, and potential damage found or conflicts with other visitors.

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Cole, David N.
Product Type
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
POLYGON ((-124 49, -70 49, -70 25, -124 25))
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
River segments within the United States where surveys were conducted: Colorado, Missouri, Main Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon, Deschutes, Mohican, Apple, Ocoee, Hiwassee, Nantahala, Illinois, Eleven Point, North Fork, Piney, Cannon, St. Croix, Wolf, Kings, St
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Use Limitations
These data were collected using funding from the U.S. Government and can be used without additional permissions or fees. If you use these data in a publication, presentation, or other research product please use the citation below when citing the data product: Cole, David N. 2014. National river recreation study data: a nationwide survey of river recreation use from 1977-1984. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.
Forest Service Research Data Archive
Contact Name
Stalling, Chris
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Methods Citation

USDA F. S. N. C. E. S.; USDA F. S. R. M. R. S. A. L. W. R. I. (Unpublished material) Archive documentation for: The national river recreation study 1977-1984.. Available through the full data publication download: \Supplements\Archive_Doc_for_NRRS_2005.pdf

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005:059 - Department of Agriculture - Management Activities
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005:96 - Forest Service
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