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Forest scenic beauty

Research techniques can quantify scenic beauty of forest stands.
Research techniques can quantify scenic beauty of forest stands.
The relative scenic beauty of forest scenes can be quantified. This quantification requires careful questioning of members of the public and theoretically based scaling of the public's responses. Furthermore, relative scenic beauty can be statistically related to the characteristics of forest scenes, allowing a quantitative assessment of the contribution to scenic beauty of trees, forbs, downed wood, and other site characteristics. This research documents and illustrates the methods used to quantify scenic beauty and relate it to forest site characteristics.

Software for analyzing scenic beauty ratings or other rating data, called RMRATE, is available for downloading.

Selected Publications

Note: On page 27 the research paper describes a computer program that is available upon request. That program is no longer available and has been superseded by RMRATE.

RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Human Dimensions
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Human-Landscape Interactions
Geography: 
National