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Posted on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 : 9:30 a.m.

City conducting survey regarding Ann Arbor's first urban forest management plan

By Heather Lockwood

The city of Ann Arbor is conducting a survey to get feedback on the creation of the its first Urban Forest Management Plan

By participating in the online survey now through Sept. 30, residents can help shape the direction and scope of the plan. Printed surveys are also available upon request.

Kerry Gray, urban forestry and natural resources planning coordinator, said the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and is an attempt to get initial input from the public before beginning the development plan.

"We will continually involve the public as we move along in the process," she said.

The plan is expected to provide a framework for the city to effectively manage the urban forest as a community asset, consistent with the values and needs of Ann Arbor residents.

City officials say Ann Arbor’s city-managed urban forest provides $4.6 million in benefits each year to the city and its residents. The plan is intended to help maintain a sustainable urban forest that maximizes those benefits.

Take the online survey here. To request a printed survey, contact Kerry Gray at (734) 794-6430 ext. 43703, or e-mail her.

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Fri, Aug 13, 2010 : 8:47 a.m.

I'm just woundering what this will cost the tax payers of A2