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Public Roadside Survey

Between January and April of 2008, the Ministry of Forests and Range conducted a survey of 694 individuals in 7 communities across BC to determine public preferences for 60 roadside views of natural and logged forest landscapes. The objectives of the survey were: (i) to establish public response to different methods of managing roadsides in logged areas; (ii) to determine whether there is a single variable or combination of variables that can be used to predict public acceptance; and (iii) to determine whether one or more site and stand variables can be used to predict visual quality class. The perception survey data has been analysed and the results are in draft form. A final report will be available in the spring of 2010.

Public Perception of Mountain Pine Beetle Attack

Between September 2007 and January 2008, the Ministry of Forests and Range conducted a survey of 519 individuals in 7 communities across BC to determine public preferences for 60 natural and logged forest landscapes with varying degrees of damage caused by Mountain Pine Beetle. The objectives of the survey were: (i) to establish public response to colour schemes arising from various mixtures of green, red, and grey trees and (ii) to determine public response to different levels of harvest within forests attacked by Mountain Pine Beetle. The perception survey data has been analysed and a draft report is close to completion. A final report will be available in the spring of 2010.

Read the report (click on the image)    MPB salvage perception report cover

Visual Resource Overview

In British Columbia, the scenic landscapes are highly valued by both residents and visitors. Scenic viewing is an important component of virtually all recreation and tourism activities on BC’s public forest lands. Scenic landscapes both natural and managed provide the primary resource base for B.C.'s growing tourism industry, and are marketed internationally through the theme of "Super Natural British Columbia."

The goal of the Ministry of Forests for managing Scenic Landscapes is to ensure that the levels of Visual Quality desired by society are achieved on all crown land in Scenic Areas in keeping with the concepts and principles of integrated resource management.

The first step in managing the visual resource is the completion of visual landscape Inventory. The purpose of the visual landscape inventory is to provide information about the visual condition, characteristics and sensitivity to alteration of areas and travel corridors throughout the province. This information is intended to assist land use and resource managers in deciding appropriate land uses, resource development objectives and management prescriptions. Once the inventory for an area has been completed, the most sensitive landscapes are made known as scenic areas under the Forest and Range Practices Act to enable management. Once this has been done the level of management is defined by establishing a Visual Quality Objective. Where this has been done licensees must prepare results and strategies that are consistent with the Visual Quality Objective (VQO).