Survey gives York U community voice in restoration of green space

Groundhog at York

Do you want a greater say in the development of York University’s green spaces that you use every day? York has many great green spaces that have been documented in this fall’s successful #yorkufall tagging campaign.

A survey created by University of Toronto masters of forest conservation student Janise Herridge and resident biologist Dawn Bazely, in association with the Institute for Research & Innovation in Sustainability, gives the Groundhog at the east side of Lumbers Buildingcommunity at York University a chance to do just that, but only until Nov. 27.

Friendly groundhog at the east side of Lumbers Building

The qualitative survey questions will help determine which naturalized areas of campus the community uses, how it uses them and why. In addition, the survey includes questions about wildlife sightings, such as migratory birds on campus, and what kind of changes, if any, the community would like to see with regards to the naturalized spaces on campus. Answers will be incorporated into Herridge’s final project – an urban forest restoration plan for Keele campus.

Janise Herridge with a large Elm tree at York UThe goal of the restoration plan is to meet the needs of the planning and grounds departments with consideration of the community’s perspective. To create new enjoyable green spaces for students, staff and faculty, their input is absolutely necessary.

Janise Herridge with a large elm tree at the northwest section of Keele campus

The comments collected from this survey have the potential to impact the development of more than green spaces for the entire campus.

Interested? The survey takes between five and 10 minutes and is being run until Nov. 27.

Fill out the survey to have your say.