The purpose of the BC Sustainable Forest Management Public Opinion Survey was to inform Public Advisory Groups in the Prince George Timber Supply Area of stakeholder and constituency opinions and beliefs about sustainable forest management. This project reflects an attempt to realize continual improvement in the ways in which the Public Advisory Groups deliberate forest management issues, and to contribute to discussions about appropriate forest management practices in and near their communities. This report summarizes data collection efforts for the communities of Ft. St. James, Prince George, and Vanderhoof. The survey instrument was a twelve-page booklet that contained questions that comprehensively measured peoples opinions and beliefs about a wide range of forest values and functions. The twelve questions that made up the survey were:
Question 1: Opinions and beliefs about forest management issues in BC.
Question 2: Opinions and beliefs about sustainability issues in BC.
Question 3: Opinions about economic contributions of forestry in BC.
Question 4: Opinions about priorities for sustaining forest values.
Question 5: Satisfaction with forest management outcomes.
Question 6: Monitoring the management of forest values.
Question 7: Importance of local forest management objectives.
Question 8: Local forest management issues.
Question 9: Management of rare plants and wildlife.
Question 10: Global warming.
Question 11: Experiences with outdoor recreation.
Question 12: Demographics.
There was also space for respondents to provide general comments. The delivery of the survey employed a four-contact approach in order to maximize the rate of return. The first contact letter was sent March 2nd 2009; the final contact was sent March 24th 2009. Based on the populations of Ft. St. James, Prince George, and Vanderhoof, the initial sample size was determined to be 770 people. A total of 381 responses were received by March 31st 2009. This represents a 51.3% response rate after correcting for undeliverable addresses (corrected sample size = 742); the number of completed returns is sufficient to estimate a sample error of ±5.01% 19 times out of 20.
Harshaw, Howard W.. 2009. Data Collection for the Prince George Timber Supply Area Report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), British, Columbia
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