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Research to Support the 2011 State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Walter Kuentzel Lisa Chase William Valliere Monica Derrien

Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources and UVM Extension University of Vermont

Method: Outdoor Recreation Demand

Mailed Questionnaire • • • • •

Stratified Random Sample of 2000 VT Residents 5-Contact Protocol 47% Response Nonresponse follow-up Weighted Sample

• Participation in 68 Activities • Evaluation of 33 Facilities

Method: Outdoor Recreation Supply Online Survey • Municipality Survey • VRPA, Recreation Committee, Town Clerk • 56.5% Response • Town Plans (82 – 33.3%) • No Information - 34 Towns (3.6% population) • Regional & Statewide Recreation Organizations • 38 Completed Questionnaires • 78% Response

• Inventory of 37 Facilities • Priorities for Facility Development

Participation Demand Activity

Number of Participants % of VT Population

Walking

267,356

42.7

Hiking

212,385

33.9

Snowshoeing

153,429

24.5

Bicycling

140,084

22.4

Canoeing

119,438

19.1

XC Skiing

74,543

11.9

Snowmobiling

70,663

11.3

ATV

68,796

11.0

Mountain Biking

48,737

7.8

Motorcycles

34,066

5.4

Backpacking

29,496

4.7

OHV

26,280

4.2

Horseback Riding

16,248

2.6

Participation Frequency Activity

Number of Participants

Average Annual Days

Walking

267,356

167.9

Bicycling

140,084

33.2

Hiking

212,385

19.6

ATV

68,796

35.4

Snowshoeing

153,429

15.2

Snowmobiling

70,663

24.6

Mountain Biking

48,737

28.1

XC Skiing

74,543

15.5

Canoeing

119,438

9.5

Motorcycles

34,066

24.5

OHV

26,280

15.1

Backpacking

29,496

4.7

Horseback Riding

16,248

21.2

Quality of Facilities

Facility Hiking Trails XC Ski/Snowshoe Trails Fitness/Bicycle Paths Snowmobile Trails OHV/ATV trails & roads

% Who Used

Meets My Needs (mean*)

60.9 39.1 49.7

3.5 3.3 3.1

23.9 19.0

3.2 2.2

*- 1=No, not at all, 2=No, not much, 3=Yes, somewhat, 4=Yes, definitely

Outdoor Recreation Supply

Facility (Miles) Hiking trails Bike/pedestrian trails Class 2 Bike lanes Horse/hiking trails XC skiing/snowshoeing trails OHV/ATV trails/roads Snowmobile trails, groomed

Municipalities*

Organizations**

351 211 22 72 281 21 122

607 951 25 26 1248 765 4788

* - There is likely some double counting between municipalities and organizations. ** - There is likely some double counting among organizations who share trails.

Municipal Priorities Facility Parks/Open Spaces Bike/pedestrian Trails Hiking Trails XC Ski, Snowshoeing Trails Class 2 Bike Lanes Horse Riding Trails Snowmobile Trails, Groomed OHV/ATV trails/roads

Priority Scale 30.3 28.8 23.0 13.7 11.5 8.6 5.7 2.2

* Priority scale = Proportion of respondents times the percent who responded 4 or 5 on the five point scale (1=Low and 5=High),

Questions or Comments?


Vermont SCORP 2011