Community and Stakeholder Survey - open until Sept. 30th, 2022


Thank you for your interest in the Stewart Mountain Community Forest!  This survey is intended to enable South Fork Residents and Stakeholders to share their thoughts about the values and benefits that this project can bring to our community and identify questions and concerns that you may have. 

The Stewart Mountain Community Forest initiative aims to bring 5,500 acres of working forestland into local ownership, to protect water resources and increase opportunities for recreation and cultural uses. 

The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and the survey results will enable the Interim Community Advisory Team to develop a guiding document that will shape future ownership and management decisions.  For more information, go to: https://stewartmountaincf.org/

The survey is anonymous, and only the first question requires a response.  We do hope you will answer all the questions, however!  If you want to stay in touch, you may put your contact info at the end of the survey.  Your contact info will not be associated with your responses.

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* 1. Let's start with the place! Where do you live?

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* 2. What are your main interests in the Stewart Mountain Community Forest? (select all that apply)

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* 3. If you belong to any groups that have an interest in this project, please write the name of your organization, agency, or business here:

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* 4. What is your age?

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* 5. Here are some of the Community Values that drove this project (developed by the South Fork Community Watershed Group in 2017). How important are each of these Values to you?

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Maintain the rural way of life and protect it for our children
Promote long-term viability of resource-based economies
Maintain a sustainable forest industry with a skilled and steady local workforce
Improve the South Fork ecosystem to increase and support the salmon population
Ensure that recreational opportunities positively contribute to the health and safety of the watershed
Ensure that recreational opportunities protect property rights and community values

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* 6. How important are the following Community Planning Principles to you? (these were also developed by the South Fork Community Watershed Group in 2017).

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Increase communication, transparency, and trust between landowners and other community stakeholders
Increase shared understanding and open dialogue around data, science and resource management
Increase public education about the ways in which forestry can preserve and enhance water resources
Enable local residents to share relevant knowledge about land and water resource management

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* 7. Community Forests are generally "working forests" - which contribute to the local economy and improve the local ecology.  How important are these potential benefits to you?

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Improved watershed function and health (water quality, quantity)
Increased local job opportunities in the timber economy
Increased local job opportunities in other aspects of the forest economy (e.g. mushrooms, firewood, maple syrup)
Protection of sensitive/rare habitats
Reduction of risk of wildfire/landslides
Production of high-quality lumber from the forest, for all future generations
Improved conditions for wildlife, habitat connectivity
Serving as a model, demonstrating ecological forest management practices for other communities
Forest management effectively and safely co-exists with other uses: recreation, cultural uses, and educational uses

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* 8. Which of the following recreational/cultural/educational activities would you hope were available in the Stewart Mountain Community Forest? (choose all that apply)

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* 9. Which of those activities would be the MOST important for you and your family (pick your top 3)

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* 10. We know that opening up forestland to a wide range of users will require ways to protect and balance all of those uses.  Which top strategies would you recommend (choose up to 3)

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* 11. What questions do you have about the initiative?

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* 12. What hopes or concerns do you have about the initiative?

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* 13. Given what you know so far about the Stewart Mountain Community Forest, what is your overall feeling about this initiative?

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* 14. If your overall feeling about the initiative is less than positive, what would make it something you would be more likely to support?

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* 15. If you would like to add your name to the mailing list for updates, feel free to write in your contact information here:

Thank you for your input! 
For more information, go to: https://stewartmountaincf.org/

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