Land Use Designations Affect Perception of Scenic Beauty in Forest Landscapes
Abstract:Ninety color slides of northern Arizona ponderosa pine forests were rated for scenic quality in conjunction with six land use designations by 106 college students. The labels included "commercial timber stand," "leased grazing range," "national forest," "national park," "recreation area," and "wilderness area." Landscape ratings were transformed to interval scale scores using a psychophysical scaling technique. The labels significantly affected judgments of scenic quality, with wilderness area and national park consistently elevating perceived scenic quality and commercial timber stand and leased grazing range consistently reducing it. Observers' judgments were sensitive to both the labels and the actual scenes. Forest Sci. 27:392-400.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Research Social Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Publication date: 1981-06-01
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