MDC's Community Forestry Program targets city and county governments, spending about $440,000 per year on cost-share programs such as Tree Resource Improvements and Maintenance (TRIM). Understanding barriers to active management will allow MDC to target TRIM dollars to gain the greatest return.
MDC’s Community Forestry Program advises, coordinates, and facilitates the efforts that affect Missouri’s community-owned trees. Assistance provided by MDC is targeted at local governments, arborists, non-profit organizations, and planning councils. To better understand urban forest values and status, citizen and official attitudes towards certain community forestry issues, such as hazard trees, topping, and urban sprawl, MDC has used surveys, inventories, focus groups and other tools over the years.
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Project Papers & Presentations
MDC urban foresters and staff need a clearer picture of what trees occur along streets and how they change over time.
To better understand the knowledge, motivation and behavior of community forestry officials, a survey was mailed to employees in 612 Missouri communities.
Forestry Division has begun a state-wide campaign focused on increasing awareness of the benefits that trees and forests provide to Missourians.Three communities where the campaign was about to be piloted were targeted for a mail survey in 2013.
A survey was administered in 2012 including asking respondents how they would vote on two hypothetical ballot questions: would they be willing to pay a tax (of varying level) to fund tree care and maintenance, and would they support establishing a new law to protect trees during development. Based on pre-tests, the survey was printed in 10 different versions, each with a different tax level ($X) in the hypothetical ballot issue.
Human Dimensions, Natural Resource Economics, Tree Research, Trees/Plants