Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications
 

Title

Applications of Visual Magnitude in Forest Planning: A Case Study

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

The Forestry Chronicle

Volume

91

Issue

4

Publisher

Canadian Institute of Forestry,Institut Forestier du Canada

Publication Date

10-29-2015

First Page

417

Last Page

425

Abstract

Recent impacts from the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, the lack of available timber in areas of lower elevation, and the reduction in back-country timber has pushed forest operations into publicly significant and visible landscapes. When these become the stage for operations they can be a source of public backlash. These kinds of landscapes are carefully protected by governments, yet, this protection may reduce timber availability. We have developed a new GIS-based tool to aid planners in designing harvests in these areas. Our tool is applied to three case studies in British Columbia to showcase how it can reduce planning time, increase timber availability and limit the negative visible effects of operations.

Comments

Brent Chamberlain was at Kansas State University during the time of this research.

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