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    Author(s): James F. Palmer
    Date: 1979
    Source: In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 109-116
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    This paper describes a procedure for systematically inventorying the visual resources of wildland environments. Visual attributes are recorded photographically using two separate sampling methods: one based on professional judgment and the other on random selection. The location and description of each inventoried scene are recorded on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps and in field notes.

    This procedure was applied to nearly 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail at an estimate cost of $24 per mile, placing it well within a budgetary range of most wildland units.


    The conclusion discusses some of the potential management uses for a visual resource inventory as a tool in understanding the user-public's perceptions of the resource base.

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    Palmer, James F. 1979. Conducting a wildland visual resources inventory. In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 109-116

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