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Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change


Richard C. Smardon



Publication type:

General Technical Report - Proceedings

Primary Station(s):

Northern Research Station


Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 279 p.


Contains 27 papers, 5 abstracts, and 7 visual case studies from the Visual Resource Stewardship Conference: Landscape and Seascape Management in a Time of Change, held at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois, on November 7–9, 2017. The material covers topical themes related to Federal Agency programs and policies, theory and concepts, visual quality assessment, visual impact assessment and mitigation, and visual resource management tools and technology. The visual case studies emphasize visual presentation of material with supporting text descriptions.

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Foreword: Realizing America the Beautiful: Taking the Long View in Visual Resource Stewardship
Introduction: Visual Resource Stewardship: Landscape and Seascape Management in a Time of Change
New Directions and Common Challenges in Federal Stewardship of Visual Resources
Protecting scenery at multiple scales
Changes and Challenges in USDA Forest Service Scenic Resource Management Under the 2012 Forest Planning Rule
Protecting America's Treasured Landscapes: An Overview and Update of the National Park Service Visual Resource Program
An Overview of Visual Impact Analysis for Offshore Wind Energy
Can Professional Aesthetic Landscape Assessments Become More Truly Robust? Challenges, Opportunities, and a Model of Landscape Appraisal
Cultural Ecosystem Services as Part of Scenic Resource Management?
Ecology of Scale in Visual Assessments
Viewing the "Landscape" of the George Washington Memorial Parkway
Getting in the Game: A National Park Service Approach to Visual Resources Inventory
The Use of Crowdsourced and Georeferenced Photography to Aid in Visual Resource Planning and Conservation: A Pennsylvania Case Study
Real-Time Landscape Assessment: The Claytor Lake Visual Management Study
Identifying Valued Scenes and Settings in an Ordinary Landscape
Integrating Visual and Cultural Resource Evaluation and Impact Assessment for Landscape Conservation Design and Planning
Community Forestry Practice and Visible Stewardship: A Case Study Evaluation in British Columbia
Cascade Head Scenery and Change: Cascade Head Law and Our Evolving Understanding of Scenery and Landscape
Protecting Night Skies and Naturally Dark Conditions in National Parks
Comparison of Visual Impact Analysis Under the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
Reclaiming Visual Stewardship in Tucson, Arizona: Is it Possible?
Visually Integrated: Linking Visual Impact Analyses, Mitigation, and Reclamation for Large-Scale Linear Projects
Mitigating Visual Impacts of Utility-Scale Energy Projects
Surface Color Treatment of Transmission Line Structures
Organizing Trails: Proven Methods for Organizing the Complexities of National Historic Trail Impact Analysis
Modeling Coastal Sedimentation and Erosion for Design Applications within the Fields of Landscape Architecture and Architecture
Expanding the Use of Visualization Technology: 3D Modeling
Abstracts presented at the Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings
Preserving the cultural and visual character of the Blue Ridge Parkway's historic designed motor road landscape
Integrating visual resource and visitor use management planning: a case study of the Moses H. Cone National Historic District, Blue Ridge Parkway
Long distance landscapes: conducting a baseline visual assessment for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
Visual resource stewardship at the neighborhood scale: methods for assessing a vacant land reuse program
On the role of the public in visual impact assessment, with an invitation for reader participation
The Maine Wind Energy Act… in a time of change
Land art generator initiative


Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. 2018. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 279 p.


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