For the first time, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District is surveying citizens to learn what local residents think about their experiences with the Preserve and the District.
Seven hundred fifty residents will be called, spread throughout Winnebago County. Homes will be chosen randomly; everyone has an equal chance of being called.
The survey is being conducted for the District by Health Systems Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. They have conducted similar surveys for local groups including the recent Green Communities Survey.
Residents will be asked about use of forest preserves, reasons for visits, appearance of the outdoor spaces, safety and cleanliness.
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District also wants to know whether citizens are concerned about urban sprawl and growth, if they desire to protect additional areas, whether they would support added taxes to preserve open areas and what kind of facilities or activities would be favored in newly preserved areas.
The Winnebago County Forest Preserve District asks that local citizens who are called take this opportunity to relate their views and experiences.
From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005, issue