The City of Encinitas wants your input on taking care of our urban forest. The City's urban forest is made up of trees growing on private property, along City streets, and in parks. Encinitas is in the process of refining its Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP), which guides the City and tree care professionals to proactively and effectively manage our trees. The success of the UFMP relies on the public's input.

The goal of the program is to help guide the planting, care, protection, and sustainability of the City's urban trees. To ensure this program considers and incorporates resident priorities, the following survey is provided for your voice to be heard. We want to know where focus should be placed as the program is continually improved.

We want to know what you know and how you feel about trees in the City of Encinitas. We also want your input on the value of a vigorous and engaged urban forestry program in meeting the City's commitment to sustain a healthy urban forest.

Your feedback will remain anonymous, and findings will only be reported in group form. All survey responses collected will be stored securely and confidentially. Your participation is completely voluntary, and you may stop the survey at any time, without any negative consequence to the survey. However, completed surveys are most helpful to us in shaping the UFMP.

We appreciate you taking part in this important process.

For additional information regarding this first step toward improving the City's Urban Forest Management Program, please contact City Arborist Chris Kallstrand at ckallstrand@dudek.com.

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* 1. Do you live in the City of Encinitas?

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* 2. If you selected “Yes,” please tell us which neighborhood you live in:

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* 3. If you selected “No,” please tell us your connection with the City (business owner, frequent visitor, etc.):

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* 4. How would you rate your knowledge about trees and the urban forest?

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* 5. Trees are considered green infrastructure. How important do you think trees are as part of the City's overall infrastructure (along with streets, sidewalks, sewer, lighting, etc.)?

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* 6. How important is it to protect and sustain trees during construction?

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* 7. Which of the following best describes your feelings about preserving mature trees when they are in conflict with development (City and private trees)?

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* 8. Are you aware that the City has urban forest policies and ordinances?

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* 9. Did you know that there are City staff and contractors dedicated to maintaining trees on City-owned properties, such as parks, parkways, and medians?

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* 10. How well do you think the City's trees are currently being managed?

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* 11. Please select the most important benefits of trees to you.

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* 12. Please select the most important threats facing trees in your neighborhood (City).

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* 13. Please select the most important tree problems in your neighborhood.

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* 14. What is your opinion regarding the number of trees along streets in your neighborhood?

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* 15. What is your opinion regarding the number of trees in City parks in your neighborhood?

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* 16. In your neighborhood, where do you think more trees should be planted (if anywhere)? Please identify the street or area where trees are needed.

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* 17. Which public outreach or communications methods do you prefer to stay informed about urban forestry issues in the City (select all that apply)?

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* 18. Which public outreach or communications methods do you prefer to stay informed about urban forestry issues in the City (select all that apply)?

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* 19. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns regarding the City's tree program?

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* 20. Would you like to receive additional information and/or help with Arbor Day? If so, please provide an email.

Thank you for participating in this survey about the City's Urban Forest Management Program. If you have questions about this survey or the City's Urban Forest Management Program, please contact City Arborist Chris Kallstrand at ckallstrand@dudek.com.
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