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Mapping meaningful places on Washington's Olympic Peninsula: Toward a deeper understanding of landscape values


Kelly Biedenweg
Rebecca McLain



Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Northwest Research Station


Environmental Management. 60(4): 643-664.


Landscape values mapping has been widely employed as a form of public participation GIS (PPGIS) in natural resource planning and decision-making to capture the complex array of values, uses, and interactions between people and landscapes. A landscape values typology has been commonly employed in the mapping of social and environmental values in a variety of management settings and scales. We explore how people attribute meanings and assign values to special places on the Olympic Peninsula (Washington, USA) using both a landscape values typology and qualitative responses about residents’ place-relationships. Using geographically referenced social values data collected in community meetings (n = 169), we identify high-frequency landscape values and examine how well the landscape values are reflected in open-ended descriptions of place-relations. We also explore the various interpretations of 14 landscape values used in the study. In particular, we investigate any overlapping meanings or blurriness among landscape values and reveal potentially emergent landscape values from the qualitative data. The results provide insights on the use of landscape values mapping typologies for practitioners and researchers engaged in the mapping of social values for PPGIS.


Cerveny, Lee Karol; Biedenweg, Kelly; McLain, Rebecca. 2017. Mapping meaningful places on Washington's Olympic Peninsula: Toward a deeper understanding of landscape values. Environmental Management. 60(4): 643-664.


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