This poll was kept in place for the last two editions of Tree Link. The poll question was framed as follows:

“Which of the following most closely characterizes your experience with or exposure to urban forestry?”

Poll respondents selected one of the following statements as their answer (poll results by percentage in parentheses):

1. I am a professional Arborist or Forester (35%)

2. I work in horticulture, landscape care, or other allied profession (10%)

3. I am a Master Gardener, Tree Board member or Volunteer (15%)

4. I work in the non-profit sector and have a professional interest in urban greening (6%)

5. I work in Academia as a Professor, Researcher, Extension Agent, or Student (8%)

6. I am a professional in a different field with limited knowledge of urban trees and forests (25%)

The intent of this poll was to glean insights on readers’ exposure to urban forestry, and the results offer some interesting insights.

It is first encouraging to know that at least 25% of Tree Link readers count themselves as non-tree professionals, yet read the Tree Link for information about urban forestry in Washington. Here at DNR, we have often quipped that we should not be preaching to the choir, but rather trying to make the choir bigger. To that end, we would love your help. Please forward the Tree Link to others and encourage them to subscribe.

Second (taking liberties with interpretation given that respondents’ specific levels of familiarity with urban forestry cannot be known), it would seem that approximately 50% of our audience is relatively savvy with technical aspects of urban forestry, whereas the other 50% may be less so, give or take 10% either way to account for this assumption. In either case, this suggests that Tree Link needs to balance technical info for the pro’s with a more colloquial tone for the volunteers and non tree experts. Is Tree Link achieving that? Can we do better? Please let us know.

And for those of you who are professional horticulturalists and foresters, those of you in academia, or anyone else with an eye for technical or scientific detail, the Tree Link relies on your feedback to keep us honest. If we ever misrepresent an issue, omit information, or make a mistake, please call it to our attention for the sake of our readership and our reputation as a trusted source of information.

Thanks to all of you for investing your time to read the Tree Link.

Do you have a suggestion for Tree Link? If so, please send an email to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov