The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be conducting the 12th National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. Hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts across the nation will be asked to participate in interviewing set to begin April 1. The survey, which has been conducted every five years since 1955, will involve 53,000 households.
Rowan Gould, Acting Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says the survey results help wildlife and natural resource managers quantify how much Americans value wildlife resources in terms of both participation and expenditures. The survey is funded by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program authorized by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs Improvement Act of 2000.
The information is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, primarily through telephone interviews. The results will be available in a national report and in 50 individual state reports. The previous survey published in 2006 revealed 87.5 million Americans enjoyed some form of wildlife-related recreation and spent more than $122.3 billion pursuing their activities.