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    Author(s): James F. Palmer; Robert G. Sullivan
    Date: 2018
    Source: In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183.
    Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    What should be the role of the public in assessing the visual impacts of proposed changes to landscapes? This question was the basis of a guided discussion session hosted by the authors at the 2017 Visual Resource Stewardship Conference. In this paper we summarize our arguments regarding the appropriate role of the public in visual impact assessments (VIAs) and outline key issues from the guided discussion that must be resolved in answering the question. One key issue is how the perceptions of untrained people compare with those of trained professionals who now conduct most VIAs. To help address this issue, we invite readers to evaluate photo-realistic simulations included as an appendix to this paper. Results will be presented at a follow-up conference proposed for 2019.

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    Palmer, James F.; Sullivan, Robert G. 2018. On the role of the public in visual impact assessment, with an invitation for reader participation. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-183-VCS-5

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