San Diego City (North) Preserves: User Survey
San Diego residents are fortunate to have thousands of acres of public open space parks and preserves where they can enjoy nature and stay active. The value of these areas has become even more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Citizens Advisory Committee is sponsoring this survey to collect information about the San Diego North City Open Space "Preserves", consisting of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (including Lopez Canyon), Del Mar Mesa Preserve, Carmel Mountain Preserve, Black Mountain Open Space Park and Lusardi Canyon. All responses will be anonymous and used to inform visitor education and outreach programs, prioritize maintenance and protect the Preserves for future visitors. Required questions are indicated with a red asterisk.

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. You will have an opportunity at the end to join a mailing list for Preserve updates and indicate your interest in volunteering or contributing to the Preserves. We appreciate your interest in the Preserves and thank you for sharing your viewpoints.
General Notes
Please answer all questions marked with an asterisk. The term Preserves includes: Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (including Lopez Canyon), Del Mar Mesa Preserve, Carmel Mountain Preserve, Black Mountain Open Space Park and Lusardi Canyon. The Preserves are public open spaces unique to our region.
1. Describe your proximity to the Preserves. *
2. Please provide your zip code. *
3. Describe any group or business affiliations. [Check all that apply.] *
Required
4. Has the pandemic affected your use of the Preserves? Indicate how often you visit the Preserves. [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Daily (3 - 7 days/wk)
Weekly (1 - 2 days/wk)
Monthly
Rarely or never
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
Currently
Expected after the COVID-19 pandemic
5. With whom do you visit the Preserves? [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Daily (3 - 7 days/wk)
Weekly (1 - 2 days/wk)
Monthly
Rarely or never
Self
Family
1 to 3 friends
Group outings
6. Which open space Preserves do you visit? [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Daily (3 - 7 days/wk)
Weekly (1 - 2 days/wk)
Monthly
Rarely or never
Los Penasquitos (from the east)
Los Penasquitos (from the west)
Lopez Canyon
Black Mountain
Del Mar Mesa
Carmel Mountain
Lusardi Canyon
7. What time of day do you visit? [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Most often
Occasionally
Rarely or never
Weekends before 8am
Weekends between 8am and noon
Weekends between noon and 5pm
Weekends after 5pm
Mon - Fri before 8am
Mon - Fri between 8am and noon
Mon - Fri between noon and 5pm
Mon - Fri after 5pm
8. How often do you enjoy the following activities in the Preserves? [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Daily (3 - 7 days/wk)
Weekly (1 - 2 days/wk)
Monthly
Rarely or never
Walking/hiking
Mountain biking
Equestrian use
Trail running
Observing nature
Hang gliding
9. Based on recent visits, tell us about the Natural Resources Conditions in the Preserves. [Please provide one response for each row.] *
No concern
Minor concern
Moderate concern
Significant concern
Vegetation impacts
Soil erosion
Water quality
Wildlife impacts
10. Based on recent visits, tell us about the Maintenance of the Preserves. [Please provide one response for each row.] *
No concern
Minor concern
Moderate concern
Significant concern
Trail conditions
Litter
Dog/human waste
Facilities upkeep
Illegal trails or structures (swings, etc.)
11. Based on recent visits, tell us about User Behavior in the Preserves. [Please provide one response for each row.] *
No concern
Minor concern
Moderate concern
Significant concern
Littering
Hiker etiquette
Biker etiquette
Equestrian etiquette
Respecting trail use restrictions (ex. hikers only, etc.)
Traveling off trail
Noise
Aggressive or unleashed dogs
Radio controlled aircraft or drone use
Vandalism
12. Based on recent visits, is existing Signage adequate to inform users about the following. [Please provide one response for each row.] *
Adequate
Not adequate
Preserve rules and regulations
Local hazards
Trail use restrictions (ex.hikers only, etc.)
Trail identification
Trail etiquette
Points of interests
Parking information
13. Have you ever reported a concern in the Preserves? If so, how did you report it? [Check all that apply.] *
Required
14. Where do you currently get information about the Preserves? How would you prefer to receive news in the future? [Check all that apply.] *
Website
Social media (NextDoor, Facebook, etc.)
Community newsletters
Trailhead kiosks
Ranger reports (e-mails)
Friends or neighbors
I currently get information from...
I prefer to receive updates via...
15. If you get Preserve information from a website or social media, please tell us which sites or applications.
16. Do you have additional comments or suggestions regarding the Preserves? Please share them below.
Optional Questions
The following questions are optional and any identifying information will be kept separate from your responses above.
Please specify your age.
Clear selection
Gender - How do you identify?
Clear selection
Please specify your ethnicity. [Check all that apply.]
Would you like to participate in volunteer activities or contribute to projects to improve the Preserves? Please share your contact information below. Note: Your contact information will be kept separate from any survey responses to ensure anonymity.
Would you like to receive updates on the Preserves, trail status notices, and upcoming events? Please provide your email address below. Note: Your contact information will be kept separate from any survey responses to ensure anonymity.
Thank you for completing this survey. Please click the "Submit" button prior to leaving. We appreciate your interest in the Preserves.
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