Visual Impacts of Forestry
(1987) 12 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law131-156
Posted: 15 Oct 2020
Date Written: 1987
From all reports, the concern of the public for forest aesthetics has mounted m recent years. According to a report of the President's Advisory Panel on Timber and the Environment,"[t] here seems to be little question that most of the recent public concern about timber cutting practice can be traced to its visual impact." Although the removal of trees may be considered the management practice with the greatest visual impact, other forest practices such as cultivation, thinning, road location, and slash removal also affect aesthetic values. The effects of these practices on visual values are not always detrimental. For example, removal of trees can open scenic vistas to public view and road construction, often criticized as unsightly can make forests more accessible for people to enjoy nature.
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