For the next week-and-a-half, the National Park Service will be collectind data for a visitor use study.
From now until August 14, 2016, the NPS, along with Resource Systems Group Inc. (RSG), will poll visitors in order to collect data on Yellowstone visitors’ demographics, experiences, opinions, and preferences. Park managers say the data will help them make decisions about the needs and desires of visitors in the present and future. From a NPS press release:
Survey administrators from RSG and Washington State University will be contacting visitors to participate in a mail-back survey. Randomly selected people will be asked to take a stamped, self-addressed survey packet with them to complete at the end of their trip in Yellowstone. Survey administrators will be intercepting people along inbound roadways at pre-identified, park-approved pull-outs. Survey administrators will be wearing yellow traffic safety vests and RSG baseball hats while working in the park.
If you wish to participate in the survey, pick up and complete the survey packet, then deposit it in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox. The final report will be available sometime in 2017.