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Southern Pine Beetle Infestation Affects Esthetic Values of Forest Landscapes

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Viewers preferences for forest landscapes suffering from varying stages of southern pine beetle (SPB) infestation were measured. Subjects with different forestry backgrounds evaluated slides of SPB-damaged areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Half were told they were viewing SPB damage; half were not. Results indicate that people prefer undamaged landscape, preferences do not differ according to forestry backgrounds, foreknowledge of SPB damage influenced viewers negatively, and most esthetic impact occurs before 10 percent of the forested area shows insect damage. We present management recommendations based on these findings.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant professor of forest recreation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

Publication date: 1979-05-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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