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Predicting Scenic Beauty of Timber Stands

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The psychophysical approach to developing scenic beauty models is extended to the timber stand level. Ponderosa pine timber stands are shown to be quite homogenous in terms of variables important in the prediction of scenic beauty. Candidate timber stand scenic beauty models are presented, along with the results of cross-validation experiments. The models agree with earlier studies that focused on one-acre plots, suggesting that scenic beauty increases with increases in herbage and large pine and with decreases in downed wood, and tree grouping. Finally, judgments of the scenic beauty of individual color slides taken within timber stands provide valid estimates of overall stand scenic beauty. These results suggest substantial potential for modeling the scenic beauty of conventionally delineated timber stands based on standard forest inventory information. Forest Sci. 32:471-487.

Keywords: Pinus ponderosa; forest esthetics; landscape assessment; ponderosa pine

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Psychology and Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721

Publication date: June 1, 1986

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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.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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