Visual Vulnerability of Forest Landscapes

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Management decision in land-use planning, and in preparation of environmental impact statements, should be made with the recognition that their physical results will alter the visual landscape. Certain characteristics can help predict the landscape's vulnerability or resistance to such man-made visual impacts as roads or timber harvest. The planner must recognize (a) landscape compositional types, (b) sensitive parts and locations, and (c) outside influences and inherent effects, such as orientation, climate, seasons, slope, and soil and vegetation surfaces. Some rankings on levels of visual vulnerability are suggested.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and chairman, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: July 1, 1974

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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