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State Parks launches surveys

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has launched two online surveys, one for state park visitors and another for non-visitors. The goal of these surveys is to provide the department with data for an analysis of the park properties’ impacts on local communities and better understand how park properties can be maintained or improved to enhance the visitor experience.

Parks & Rec Director Andrea Travnicek is encouraging individuals who receive an invitation to the surveys to participate, stating, “These surveys provide an opportunity for individuals to be heard. Public participation and input gathered will be important as the Department plans for the future and makes management decisions. We want to ensure the Department is keeping up with changing needs and offering experiences the public is looking for.”

The surveys, which are made possible through funding allocated during the 66th Legislative Assembly, will collect data through early-February 2021 with different invitation methods occurring at different times. Survey participants will be selected based on their proximity to North Dakota state park properties, location in a target market or because they provided an email address to NDPRD and agreed to be contacted in the future. Survey invitations will be delivered to participants via email, social media, mailed postcard or an online panel. The department anticipates having a final report back in May 2021.

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