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Assist the City in developing our Urban Forest Management Plan

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Trees are important to the quality of life in Sammamish.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 88.2% 186
Agree 10.4% 22
Disagree 0.5% 1
Not Sure 0.9% 2

The City of Sammamish recognizes the ecological benefits of forests and tree-covered areas in the municipal code (21A.37.200). Please pick THREE of the following ECOLOGICAL benefits that are most important to you.

Response Percent Response Count
Providing varied and rich habitats for wildlife 87.2% 184
Reducing greenhouse gas 29.4% 62
Moderating the effects of winds and temperatures 31.3% 66
Stabilizing and enriching the soil 31.8% 67
Slowing runoff from precipitation and reducing soil erosion 55.5% 117
Improving air quality 47.4% 100
Improving water quality 17.5% 37

Optional: Trees are considered valuable for many reasons that are more difficult to measure. Please provide additional comments on the benefits of Sammamish's trees to you.

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135
Skipped
76

Trees can grow to obstruct streets and sidewalks. How often do you encounter this issue with trees in the public rights-of-way?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 4.3% 9
Weekly 6.2% 13
Monthly 2.4% 5
Several Times a Year 26.2% 55
Never 61.0% 128

Trees can become damaged or develop structural weakness over time. These issues may be risks for injury to persons or property. How often do you encounter this issue with public trees?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 1.4% 3
Weekly 1.9% 4
Monthly 1.9% 4
Several Times a Year 29.3% 61
Never 65.4% 136

Trees can appear sick and unhealthy as a result of damage by insects, diseases, or simply poor tree care regimes. How often do you observe this issue with public trees?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 2.4% 5
Weekly 2.4% 5
Monthly 8.1% 17
Several Times a Year 42.9% 90
Never 44.3% 93

What is your satisfaction with the current level of maintenance provided for the City’s public trees?

Response Percent Response Count
Completely Satisfied 30.8% 65
Somewhat Satisfied 30.8% 65
Neutral 26.5% 56
Somewhat Dissatisfied 7.6% 16
Completely Dissatisfied 4.3% 9

Optional - Please briefly explain the reason for your satisfaction.

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84
Skipped
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State your position on the following statement: Sammamish needs more public trees.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 55.2% 116
Agree 26.7% 56
Disagree 9.0% 19
Strong Disagree 2.4% 5
Not Sure 6.7% 14

Where would you like to see more public trees planted? Please check as many as apply.

Response Percent Response Count
Parks (Sammamish Commons, Beaver Lake, etc.) 62.2% 130
Open spaces and Natural Areas (Beaver Lake Preserve, Evans Creek Preserve) 58.9% 123
Streetscapes 69.9% 146
Golf Courses 15.8% 33
Commercial Areas 61.2% 128
Trails and Bike Paths 38.8% 81
Sammamish has enough public trees 12.0% 25
I would like to see fewer public trees 1.9% 4
Natural habitats 58.9% 123

Please select one method you'd like the City to utilize to provide information about urban forest management.

Response Percent Response Count
Seminars and workshops 8.0% 16
Interpretive trails and displays 29.9% 60
Website resources 39.3% 79
Online videos (e.g. YouTube) 7.0% 14
Guided nature/tree walks 10.9% 22
Informational brochures 5.0% 10

Optional. Please use this space for any additional comments about the care of public trees.

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54
Skipped
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What is your current awareness of the City's regulations on tree protection and mitigation on private property? Please check all that apply.

Response Percent Response Count
I was not aware that the City had tree protection and mitigation regulations 17.5% 37
I have visited the City's webpage for information about tree protection and mitigation regulations 26.1% 55
I have read news articles that discussed tree protection and mitigation regulations 48.8% 103
I know about tree protection and mitigation regulations because of personal experience managing trees on my property 39.8% 84

What are your top concerns for trees in Sammamish? Please select all that apply.

Response Percent Response Count
Safety hazards 35.1% 74
Trees blocking my view 5.7% 12
Trees shading my yard 9.0% 19
Tree debris in my yard 9.5% 20
Unable to remove trees in my yard 17.5% 37
Healthy mature trees being removed during development 82.5% 174
Canopy Loss 64.0% 135
Loss of wildlife habitat 75.8% 160
No concerns 3.3% 7

What are your experiences with tree regulations on private property (examples include: tree protection, permit acquisition, replacement tree plantings, etc.)?

Response Percent Response Count
The process was easy and the requirements are reasonable. 15.7% 33
The process was easy but the requirements are too strict. 5.2% 11
The process was easy but the requirements are too lenient. 7.1% 15
The process was difficult but the requirements are reasonable. 2.4% 5
The process was difficult and the requirements are too strict. 9.0% 19
The process was difficult and the requirements are too lenient. 1.9% 4
Not Applicable / No Opinion 58.6% 123

Optional. Please use this space for any additional comments about trees on private property.

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71
Skipped
140

Would you support the creation of a business licensing process to categorize and monitor businesses practicing arboriculture in the city?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 39.5% 81
No 15.6% 32
Maybe, with certain conditions 44.9% 92

Would you support a punitive policy for developers who violate tree regulations? This policy could temporarily suspend a developer’s business license in Sammamish for violating tree regulations.

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 88.6% 187
No 2.8% 6
Maybe, with certain conditions 8.5% 18

Would you support a citywide special assessment (property tax) to directly increase funding toward urban forestry programs?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 29.0% 61
No 31.4% 66
Maybe, with certain conditions 39.5% 83

Would you support the creation of a city staff arborist position to serve the community as a point of contact for tree issues?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 59.3% 124
No 11.5% 24
Maybe, with certain conditions 29.2% 61
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June 4, 2018, 9:17 PM
  • Trees are important to the quality of life in Sammamish.
    • Strongly Agree
  • The City of Sammamish recognizes the ecological benefits of forests and tree-covered areas in the municipal code (21A.37.200). Please pick THREE of the following ECOLOGICAL benefits that are most important to you.
    • Providing varied and rich habitats for wildlife
    • Moderating the effects of winds and temperatures
    • Slowing runoff from precipitation and reducing soil erosion
  • Optional: Trees are considered valuable for many reasons that are more difficult to measure. Please provide additional comments on the benefits of Sammamish's trees to you.
    Beauty, privacy
  • Trees can grow to obstruct streets and sidewalks. How often do you encounter this issue with trees in the public rights-of-way?
    • Weekly
  • Trees can become damaged or develop structural weakness over time. These issues may be risks for injury to persons or property. How often do you encounter this issue with public trees?
    • Never
  • Trees can appear sick and unhealthy as a result of damage by insects, diseases, or simply poor tree care regimes. How often do you observe this issue with public trees?
    • Never
  • What is your satisfaction with the current level of maintenance provided for the City’s public trees?
    • Neutral
  • Optional - Please briefly explain the reason for your satisfaction.
    No response.
  • State your position on the following statement: Sammamish needs more public trees.
    • Not Sure
  • Where would you like to see more public trees planted? Please check as many as apply.
    • Streetscapes
    • Commercial Areas
  • Please select one method you'd like the City to utilize to provide information about urban forest management.
    • Website resources
  • Optional. Please use this space for any additional comments about the care of public trees.
    No response.
  • What is your current awareness of the City's regulations on tree protection and mitigation on private property? Please check all that apply.
    • I have read news articles that discussed tree protection and mitigation regulations
  • What are your top concerns for trees in Sammamish? Please select all that apply.
    • Healthy mature trees being removed during development
    • Canopy Loss
    • Loss of wildlife habitat
  • What are your experiences with tree regulations on private property (examples include: tree protection, permit acquisition, replacement tree plantings, etc.)?
    • Not Applicable / No Opinion
  • Optional. Please use this space for any additional comments about trees on private property.
    I appreciate that there are regulations, however, I think they end up hard on some home owners that want/need to to responsible cutting, and then it seems like builders can just clear cut.
  • Would you support the creation of a business licensing process to categorize and monitor businesses practicing arboriculture in the city?
    • Maybe, with certain conditions
  • Would you support a punitive policy for developers who violate tree regulations? This policy could temporarily suspend a developer’s business license in Sammamish for violating tree regulations.
    • Yes
  • Would you support a citywide special assessment (property tax) to directly increase funding toward urban forestry programs?
    • Maybe, with certain conditions
  • Would you support the creation of a city staff arborist position to serve the community as a point of contact for tree issues?
    • Maybe, with certain conditions
  • What age group are you representing?
    • 36 to 45
  • What is your relationship with Sammamish's urban forest? (Choose all that apply)
    • I am a resident of Sammamish
  • If you are a resident, how long have you lived in Sammamish?
    • 11-15 years
  • (Optional) Please provide any additional comments or feedback.
    No response.
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The Value of Trees


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Public Trees

Public trees include trees in parks, adjacent to roadways, and on public property.  These next questions explore how you value the management of these public trees in Sammamish.


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