How’s attendance at your favorite national forest?
Friday, July 13, 2011, USAToday ran a story titled “More people visit national parks but spend less time in them.” Meghan Hoyer, author of this article states, “While the National Parks have seen an uptick in visitors over the past two decades, the time spent per visitor has dropped nearly 15%. Officials say a decrease in overnight stays is partly to blame. ”
The article confirms what we have felt. Quoting Avery Stonich, communications manager for the Outdoor Industry Association ”People are still making outdoor recreation a priority in their lives. While they aren’t going to the national parks, they certainly are spending more time outdoors.”
From what we have seen and from our email, people are discovering national forests as an alternative to national parks. Fred thinks it because of the entrance fee charged by the national parks. I think that fee is up around $25 for prescribed period. It could be because national forests offer more freedom to do things and campgrounds have fewer campers.
Whatever the reason, I say national forests ROCK!!!
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