Public input is being sought as the City of Sarnia develops its first-ever Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) — a long-term vision, goals, and targets for the maintenance, protection, and enhancement of trees across the community.
“We are looking to residents to help us gauge their experiences with trees in the community and the importance of trees to their everyday lives,” said forestry and horticulture supervisor Cory King.
“A strong urban canopy can deliver a host of benefits, including increased biodiversity, beautification of neighbourhoods, and resilience to changing weather patterns.
The plan will identify strengths, gaps, needs, and priorities for urban forest management, a news release noted, adding that the goals and outcomes will largely relate to trees on city property.
“This plan will help us identify the best path forward to enhance our urban canopy in a way that reflects our resident’s vision of their community while addressing challenges such as invasive species and climate change.”
The City is hosting a survey to gauge resident opinions and experiences as they relate to the urban canopy.
Further public consultation will include in-person workshops, public information centres, and public review/input of the draft UFMP.
Residents can learn more and complete the survey at www.speakupsarnia.ca/UFMP.
The survey will remain open until March 24 at noon.
Paper copies of the survey can be completed on the third floor of City Hall.