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Logging in kootenay landscapes: the public response

Author(s) or contact(s): C. Berris and P. Bekker
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Planning
Series: Land Management Report
Other details:  Published 1989. Hardcopy is available.


This study explored public preferences for forest landscapes with varying levels of alteration. Results of a photo-questionnaire administered in the east and west Kootenays indicated that preferences are affected most by the presence or absence of highly visible alteration, and second by the drama of the landscapes. Dramatic landscapes (largely more vertical and complex) were more preferred than less dramatic ones. A high degree of correlation was found between these preferences and the B.C. Forest Service Visual Quality Objective ratings. In attitudes toward forest management, respondents felt that environmental quality was the most important factor to consider, followed by scenic quality and economics. Overall, the relationships between visual preferences and expressed attitudes did not follow any clear pattern.

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