Respondent Groups

The programmatic review is limited to three specific segments of the public—park visitors, potential park visitors and residents of communities near parks.

Park Visitors: Park visitors include persons visiting any unit of the National Park System for recreational purposes, to participate in educational activities, to use resources legally available in a given unit, and for non-recreational purposes, such as traveling through or making deliveries. "Visitors" include the general public, participants in organized tour groups, teachers and students participating in NPS programs or activities, commuters, concession or partner employees, and subsistence resource users.

Potential Park Visitors: Potential park visitors include those individuals who might visit any unit of the National Park System for recreational purposes, to participate in educational activities, to use resources legally available in a given unit, and for non-recreational purposes, such as traveling through or making deliveries.

Residents near Parks: Residents near parks include people living in gateway communities near any unit of the National Park System, communities within the boundaries of park units and related areas (e.g., National Heritage Areas, National Scenic Trails), in-holders, concession or partner employees, and subsistence communities within park boundaries or who traditionally use park resources.

Non-visitors: Individuals who had not visited a unit within the previous 24 months, or who could not accurately name a unit they visited, are categorized as non- visitors.

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Last updated: September 26, 2016

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