The Center for Survey Research worked with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to conduct the 2011 Virginia Outdoors Demand Survey (VODS). The survey was conducted by mail, with some portions of the sample also having a web-based option as part of an experiment to investigate the effect of mode differences in response rates. The main purposes of the VODS were to assess Virginians’ attitudes about outdoor recreation resources, estimate participation in and demand for a wide variety of recreational activities, and provide a channel of citizen input into the 2012 Virginia Outdoors Plan. The 2011 VODS was designed to obtain information on approximately 50 outdoor recreation activities. The survey also included specific questions to assist with future planning for local and regional parks, Virginia State Parks and Natural Area Preserves.  

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