During the next few months, Bitterroot National Forest employees will be asking forest visitors to take a short survey. And they'll be stationed along forest roads and in recreation sites throughout the Bitterroot Valley.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest said the "National Visitor Use Monitoring Program" happens every five years and helps estimate how many people visit federal land and what activities they like to do. The survey stations will be marked with a sign that says "Traffic Survey Ahead" and the surveyors will be wearing bright orange vests.

McKay said the responses are voluntary and are kept confidential. He estimates it takes about ten minutes to complete the question-and-answer session.

If you need more information, call Recreation Manager Erica Strayer at (406) 821-3913.