Visual Resource Stewardship Conference

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Fall 10-27-2019


Scenic Virginia strives to identify and highlight Virginia’s 'scenery' and Virginia has a ‘scenic’ component in their new Conserve Virginia land conservation effort. As such the development of a universal assessment tool that can be used by citizens and professionals to identify and rate the value of scenic viewsheds is needed in Virginia. The goal of this presentation is to discuss how, using scientifically supported research, a protocol based on grassroots input can identify significant scenic resources in Virginia. The presentation will introduce scientific studies, based on an extensive literature review, that were used to develop an assessment tool. This new tool will be used by communities to help them understand and highlight their scenic resources. The goal is to gain greater awareness and support for protecting scenery in Virginia by using careful planning and preservation techniques.