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Land Use Designations Affect Perception of Scenic Beauty in Forest Landscapes

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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.

Keywords: Recreation; esthetics; landscape management

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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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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