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Integrating Visual and Cultural Resource Evaluation and Impact Assessment for Landscape Conservation Design and PlanningAuthor(s): Tara J. Mazurczyk; Timothy M. Murtha; Lacey K. Goldberg; Brian Orland
Source: In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. 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: 149-160.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionWhile there is increased need for cultural resource conservation and management in North America, there are few assessment approaches that provide robust integration of visual and cultural resources. Our research, focused on the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative region, used a model to integrate visual and cultural resources for prioritizing landscape-scale conservation. We investigated how "place" can be studied in relation to visual resources given what we know from existing cultural resource databases such as the National Register. The study measured visual quality and viewshed threats to better inform cultural resource planning and management across Pennsylvania. Prominent ridgelines and viewpoints, for example, were designated as integral features of rural and urban aesthetic character. By evaluating potential landscapes for conservation priority, we can bring awareness to important resources for public investment and encourage Federal, private, public, and business stakeholders to engage in scenic and cultural heritage conservation.
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CitationMazurczyk, Tara J.; Murtha, Timothy M.; Goldberg, Lacey K.; Orland, Brian. 2018. Integrating Visual and Cultural Resource Evaluation and Impact Assessment for Landscape Conservation Design and Planning. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. 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: 149-160.
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