Visual Impact Assessment Guidebook
Table of Contents
Sample visual quality class photo sheets
The purpose of these sheets is to give the visual resource management practitioner
examples of the range of impacts acceptable for and within each visual quality class.
- The photo sheets are arranged in order from the most restrictive visual quality class
(Retention on Page 1) to the most liberal visual quality class (Maximum Modification on
- There is a series of photos for each visual quality class. These photos are arranged
vertically on each page and provide a gradation range from the most conservative to the
most generous alteration possible within each visual quality class. Partial-cut and
clearcut examples are provided for each visual quality class.
- Beneath each image:
- a measure of alteration and level of design are provided for clearcuts, and
- the volume/stems removed and tree height are provided for partial cuts.
Note: the term Visual Quality Class is used to describe the character or
condition of a landscape. A Visual Quality Objective is a resource management objective
that defines the level of alteration that would be appropriate on a landscape.