UCC Survey on afforestation

 
ADAPT (Avian diversity and afforestation planning) is a new research project being conducted by University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland which aims to look at the environmental consequences of forest expansion in Ireland. This survey, targeted at Irish residents, aims to gain an insight into the perception of forests in Ireland and determine how public opinion compares with that of individuals in the forestry industry and regulatory bodies. We also hope to learn more about recent planting trends.

In the context of this survey, a commercial forest plantation refers to an area of planted native and/or non-native tree species that are likely to be harvested at commercial maturity. A native forest refers to a naturally occurring forest, comprising native tree species (species historically present) which are not harvested for commercial exploitation.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. This survey will only take about 5-10 minutes of your time. Your answers will remain anonymous and survey results will be posted at www.ucc.ie/en/forestecology.

Please complete and submit this survey no later than May 31st, 2014. Respondents must be over 18 years of age. If you have any queries, or require a pdf version, please contact usna.keating@gmail.com.
1. Are you over 18 years of age?
2. In which county do you currently reside?
3. Do you live in an urban, suburban or a rural area?
4. How often do you visit forest/woodland?
5. What is the main purpose of your visits to forest/woodland?
6. Were you aware that deciduous/broadleaf trees and coniferous trees are planted in commercial plantation forests?
7. Do you think native Irish woodlands are dominated by deciduous/broadleaf or coniferous tree species?
8. Do you think commercial plantation forests in Ireland are dominated by coniferous or deciduous/broadleaf tree species?
9. In your opinion, which of the following values best represent the proportion of land covered by native forests in Ireland?
10. In your opinion, which of the following values best represent the proportion of land covered by commercial forest plantations in Ireland?
11. Do you think Ireland has more forest cover, neither more nor less forest cover, or less forest cover than the European average?
12. In your opinion, which statement is most true?
13. In your opinion, which statement is most true?
14. In your opinion, which statement is most true?
15. In your opinion, are forests an important component of Ireland's cultural heritage?
16. Please indicate your level of agreement or dissagreement with the following statements about native forests.
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeither agree nor disagreeAgreeStongly agreeDon't know
Native forests provide important habitat for wildlife
Native forests are important places for recreation
Native forests are important for jobs
Native forests are important for tourism
Native forests improve water and air quality
Native forests contribute to the offset of carbon consumption
Native forests prevent downstream flooding
Native forests can prevent soil erosion
I would support an increase in native woodland cover
17. Please indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements about commercial forest plantations:
Strongly disagreeDisagreeNeither agree nor disagreeAgreeStongly agreeDon't know
Commercial forest plantations provide important habitat for wildlife
Commercial forest plantations are important places for recreation
Commercial forest plantations are important for jobs
Commercial forest plantations are important for tourism
Commercial forest plantations improve water and air quality
Commercial forest plantations prevent downstream flooding
Commercial forest plantations contribute to the offset of carbon consumption
Commercial forest plantations can be managed both profitably and sustainably at the same time
I would support an increase in commercial forest plantation cover in Ireland
The choice of planted tree species should be an important consideration in commercial forest expansion
18. Do you personally feel the following forest management options should be of 'low', 'moderate' or 'high' priority?
Low priorityModerate priorityHigh priorityDon't know
The forest should be managed to create an enjoyable place for recreation
The forest should be managed to enhance the beauty of the landscape
The forest should be managed to maximise wood production
The forest should be managed to encourage wildlife to prosper
The forest should be managed to improve air and water quality
The forest should be managed to provide maximum employment
The forest should be managed to encourage tourism
The forest should be managed for the needs of hunters
19. Are you aware of the Irish Goverment's aim to increase forest cover in Ireland?
20. Do you think increasing forest cover in Ireland would mainly have a positive effect, neither positive nor negative effect, or negative effect on rare bird species?
21. Do you think there is a conflict between increasing forest cover in Ireland, and conserving rare Irish habitats and species?
22. Are you a: (please select the most appropriate title from drop-down list)
If you are a farmer/landowner who has planted trees on your land please answer the following questions.
If you are a farmer/landowner who has not planted trees on your land please skip to question 31.
23. When did you first plant trees on your land?
24. When did you most recently plant trees on your land?
25. Do you intend to plant in the future?
26. How important was each of these factors in the decision to plant:
Not at all importantNot very importantImportantVery important
Economic return
Financial incentive schemes
Aesthetics
Recreation
Environmental
Heritage
Erosion control
27. What was the previous land use?
28. What tree species did you plant, and why?
29. Were you happy with the outcome?
30. Do you have more land that you might consider for planting and what land-use is currently at that site?
If you are a farmer/landowner who has never planted trees on your land please answer the following questions
31. Why have you not planted plantations before?
32. How important would each of these factors be in encouraging you to plant in the future:
Not at all importantNot very importantImportantVery important
Economic return
Financial incentive schemes
Aesthetics
Recreation
Environmental
Heritage
Wildlife
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