Visual Impact Assessment Guidebook

Table of Contents

Appendix 1

Visual resource management concepts and principles

The purpose of this appendix is to explain, in general terms, how visual resources are managed by the Ministry of Forests in British Columbia.

The Recreation Manual and Forest Landscape Handbook provided guidance on visual resource management in the context of integrated resource management (IRM). However, the introduction of the Forest Practices Code in 1995 has seen changes made to many of those procedures and standards. This appendix summarizes the state of the art in the visual resource management approaches, procedures, techniques, and practices that are currently being developed or carried out in British Columbia to manage visual resources and maintain timber supply. For ease of use and understanding, these concepts and practices are presented using standard planning steps and terminology. When available, additional information or explanation is referenced for your convenience.

Step I: Inventory

Step II: Planning

Step III: Analysis

Uses of RVQs include:

Recommended visual quality classes are recorded as administrative attributes on the inventory file, but do not appear on visual landscape inventory maps.

Step IV: Implementation of Forest Practices

Visual quality objectives that have been established by higher-level plans cannot be relaxed using district manager authority. (See Framework for Managing Visual Resources to Mitigate Impacts on Timber Supply.)




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