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Predicting Scenic Beauty of Timber Stands

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Abstract:

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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