Ken Chilman is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He retired from teaching in 1995 but continues to do recreation visitor inventory research in various wildland locations. He has been serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Cache River Watershed since 2007.


Recreation visitor studies were conducted at Heron Pond and Barkhausen Wetlands Center in 2006. These studies were part of a series of studies to develop methods to obtain representative samples of visitors to large and diverse wildland areas. The focus of the studies is to develop methods that are inexpensive and easy to apply, so that visitor data may be readily obtained and communicated by area managers in various decision meetings. The two studies reported here are called Rapid Assessment Visitor Inventories (RAVIs) and obtained visitor numbers and one-page surveys about their visit experiences.

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