Human Health


National Center for Health Statistics

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCHS is the federal government's principal vital and health statistics agency and provides a variety of data, including data on vital events, health status, lifestyle, exposure to unhealthy influences, onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and use of health care.



The Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation Survey

National survey conducted every 5 years. It covers wildlife-associated recreation. It provides good information on private expenditures and mediocre information on site choice.

The National Survey of Recreation and the Environment

National survey conducted approximately every 10 years. A variety of outdoor recreational activities are covered. Some information on expenditures and site choice is provided.

State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

State-specific surveys. Most states have such a plan since they are a prerequisite for receiving federal land acquisition monies. They are primarily an inventory of facilities and projected use levels and are of varied quality (the better ones contain county-level breakdowns).

Public Area Recreation Visitors Study/Customer Use and Survey Techniques for Operations, Management, Evaluation, and Research

Ongoing on-site surveys of U.S. Forest Service sites. Some information on expenditures is provided, along with good information on site choice.

The U.S. Forest Service's Recreation Reporting Information System

Yearly totals of the number of visitors to national forests. Some breakdown by activity is included.

Proprietary databases

A variety of subjects. For example, Hagler Baily Consultants has a database on water quality benefits.

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