The following survey will be used by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs to assess public concern and awareness of the threat of invasive plants in the Thunder Bay area. The information collected will be used to demonstrate public support in the development of a municipal invasive plant strategy for the City of Thunder Bay.

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* 1. Which of the following invasive plants are you familiar with in the Thunder Bay area?

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* 2. Are there any other invasive plants that are of concern to you?

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* 3. Rank your level of concern for the following public health concerns posed by various invasive plants, with 1 meaning "not a concern" and 5 being "most concerning."

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skin irritation (e.g. rashes, burns)
increased fire hazard
blocking of sight lines on roadways

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* 4. Rank your level of concern for the following environmental threats posed by various invasive plants, with 1 meaning "not a concern" and 5 being "most concerning."

 
erosion and increased sedimentation in waterways
blocking and crowding of waterways and waterbodies
reduction in biodiversity
wildlife habitat loss
reduction of pollinator friendly native plant species
reduction in soil productivity (e.g. reduction of beneficial fungi, insects, and micro-organisms)

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* 5. Rank your level of concern for the following economic impacts posed by various invasive plants, with 1 meaning "not a concern" and 5 being "most concerning."

 
city infrastructure damage (e.g. sidewalk, recreation trail, and road cracking)
private property damage (e.g. foundation cracking)
blocking of man-made drainage channels/ditches
agricultural impacts

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* 6. Would you like to know more about invasive plants in the area and what can be done to prevent their spread?

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* 7. Would you be willing to participate in initiatives to combat the impacts of invasive plants in Thunder Bay?

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* 8. Some municipalities have adopted invasive plant strategies and are  committing resources to the eradication of invasive plants. Do you support the adoption of a municipal invasive plant strategy by the City of Thunder Bay?

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* 9. If you answered yes to question 6 or 7 and would like us to be able to contact you with program updates and volunteer opportunities please enter an email address below. Thank you for participating in our survey!

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