In 2017, an online survey was conducted to gain a snapshot of recreational use in the St. Williams Conservation Reserve (SWCR or, “the CR”) and to gauge recreational users’ perceptions of the current trail system.
The online survey was widely promoted to recreational users and to others affected by recreational activities. Local recreational user groups were encouraged to get their members to complete the survey. Landowners near the conservation reserve also received information about the survey. Other tools used to promote the survey included posters placed at trail heads and parking areas, a news release to the local print media, and information posted on the SWCR website and Facebook account.
The response to the survey exceeded expectations with 620 respondents, including 528 people who answered all 15 questions. Further evidence of the high degree of interest was the fact that 117 people provided additional comments. Please feel free to read the survey report here.