Visual Impact Assessment Guidebook

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Recommended timing for visual impact assessments

A visual impact assessment is typically undertaken after a cutblock or road is approved in the forest development plan and before a silviculture prescription or road layout and design is submitted for approval. It should be conducted as early as possible in the planning process before too much fieldwork is completed. All proposals within the same general planning area and any existing alterations that have not yet achieved a visually effective green-up (VEG) condition should be part of the same VIA package. (See the public perception study A First Look at Visually Effective Green-up in British Columbia (1994) for more information on VEG.)


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