Aesthetics

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Built Environment Image Guide >

Guidelines for Signage, Posters, and Symbols > Resources including Sign and Poster Guidelines for the Forest Service and standard symbol sets. 

Scenery Management System (SMS) > Links related to SMS.

Scenic Byway Planning > Curious about scenic byway interpretive planning?  Want to enhance visitor experience on your District's scenic byway?  Check out this series of resources designed to help you do just that. 

Scenic Case Studies >

Visual Management System (VMS) > Volumes 1 & 2 of the National Forest Landscape Managements handbooks.

Assessing Public Concern for Landscape Quality: A Potential Model to Identify Visual Thresholds > US Forest Service, Magill, 1990

Best Management Practices for Reducing Visual Impacts of Renewable Energy Facilities on BLM-Administered Lands. BLM, 2013.

Butte Mountain LSR Scenery Report > Scenery Report example from Jerry Mosier that addresses Scenic Stability, and is consistent with the latest SMS, Appendix J, R5 SMS Process and Planning Rule guidance.

Coldwater-Johnston Ridge Complex Design Narrative > US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 1989

Combining Silviculture and Landscape Architecture to Enhance the Roadside View > McDonald & Litton. US Forest Service, 1998.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Trailhead Design Guidelines > US Forest Service, 2005

Establishing the Worth of Scenic Values: The Tahoe Workshop > The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, EDAW, US Forest Service and Federal Highway Administration; 1997

Forest Landscape Description and Inventories: A Basis for Land Planning and Design > US Forest Service, 1968

Grand Canyon National Park Architectural Character Guidelines > National Park Service, 1994

Guidance for Crystal Ball Gazers: Developing a Code of Ethics for Landscape Visualization > Sheppard, 2001

Guide To Evaluating Visual Impact Assessments for Renewable Energy Projects > National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, 2014

Hi-Grouse Project: Scenery Report (Draft) > US Forest Service, Mattson, 2009

Installation Design: Improving the Visual Environment > Department of Defense, 1981

Johnny O'Neil LSR Habitat Restoration and Fuel Reduction Project: Scenery, Recreation and Wild & Scenic Rivers Report for FEIS > US Forest Service, Mosier, 2012

Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series: Landscape Architecture in the Rural Landscape > American Society of Landscape Architects, Coen, Nassauer, & Tuttle, 1987

Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series: Visual Resource Management > American Society of Landscape Architects, 1978

Key National Park Service Take‐Aways for Visual Impact Analysis Practitioners > National Park Service, 2012

Looking Beyond the Trees: Visual Stewardship of the Working Forest > British Columbia Ministry of Forests, 2001

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Facility Design Guide > US Forest Service, 1983.

Predicting the Visual Impacts of Retention Cutting > British Columbia Ministry of Forests, 2002

Presentations from the National Association of Environmental Professionals Conference

Proceedings of Our National Landscape: A Conference on Applied Techniques for Analysis and Management of the Visual Resource > US Forest Service, 1979

Public Perceptions of West-side Forests: Improving Visual Impact Assessments and Designing Thinnings and Harvests for Scenic Integrity > Ribe, 2013

Snowbasin Vegetation Management Scenery Resource Report > US Forest Service, Mattson, 2012

Social Science to Improve Fuels Management: A Synthesis of Research on Aesthetics and Fuels Management > The USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station prepared a report in 2005 summarizing what has been done regarding scenery, visual preferences, and fuels management projects.   This article is a good resource for pointing out the benefits of managing for scenery.

Symposium on Scenic Conservation: Public Agency Practice > Scenic America, 2004

The "Other" Values in Integrated Vegetation Management >  Chief Landscape Architect presentation at PLT Meeting. US Forest Service, Villalvazo, 2004

The Public Response to Harvest Practices in British Columbia at the Landscape and Stand Level > British Columbia Ministry of Forests, 2006

The Visual Aspects of Road Closure > Fehler, 1982

US Forest Service Recreation for Managers Course > Chief Landscape Architect presentation at the Clemson short course. US Forest Service, Villalvazo, 2004

Visual Character of the Blue Ridge Parkway > National Park Service, 1997

Visual Impact Assessment for Highway Projects > Federal Highway Administration, Office of Environmental Policy, 1981

Visual Impacts of Forest Management Activities: Findings on Public Preference > US Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Benson & Ullrich, 1981

Visual Prioritization Process - User's Manual > Describes and teaches the Visual Prioritization Process, which allows one to inventory and analyze the visual resources of a corridor and to assign priorities to the various segments of that corridor. Can be used for project planning through each design step and is intended to be used by all design disciplines including engineers, landscape architects, and planners. Federal Highway Administration and US Forest Service, 1994.

Visual Quality of Built Environments in National Parks > National Park Service, 1993

Visual Quality of Human-made Clearings In Central Michigan Conifers > US Forest Service, North Central Experiment Station. Schroeder, Gobster, and Frid, 1993

Visual Vulnerability of the Landscape: Control of Visual Quality > US Forest Service, Litton, 1984

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