12: Noise and Visual Quality – Links & Resources

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Online Resources

  • A Guide to Logging Aesthetics: Practical Tips for Loggers, Foresters, and Landowners (NRAES-60).
    1993. Jones, G.T. Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. 30 pp.
    http://www.nraes.org/nra_order.taf?_function=detail&pr_booknum=nraes-60

    Description: It offers many practical tips to guide foresters and loggers when planning and conducting timber harvests to protect forest aesthetics.

  • Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources: Voluntary Site-level Forest Management Guidelines for Landowners, Loggers and Resource Managers.
    2005. Minnesota Forest Resources Council. 2003 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN 55108. 615 p.
    http://www.frc.state.mn.us/documents/council/site-level/MFRC_FMG&Biomass_2007-12-17.pdf

    Description: It offers guidelines for sustainably managing forests for economic, social, and environmental benefits during forest road construction and maintenance, timber harvesting, mechanical site preparation, pesticide use, reforestation, timber stand improvement, fire management, and forest recreation management. Guidelines to protect aesthetics are spread throughout the document.

Print Resources

  • Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines (PUB-FR-226 2003).
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 2003.

    Description: Chapter 4 Visual Quality describes three levels of visual sensitivity that occur in the landscape depending on how much public use there is, how fast vehicles are traveling, and the topography present. Color photos show forest vegetation management practices that reduce the visual impact of timber harvesting, regeneration, and timber improvement practices.

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