• Study Area with harvest areas highlighted in gray
  • Example I Visual Magnitude Analysis with harvest design
  • Example I 3D View
  • Example II Visual Magnitude Analysis with harvest design
    Example II Visual Magnitude Analysis with harvest design
  • Example II 3D View
  • Example III Visual Magnitude Analysis with harvest design
  • Example II 3D View (a)
  • Example II 3D View (b)
   

Case Studies Applying Human-centered Viewshed for use in Forest Planning

To test the practicality and application of the Human-centered Viewshed to real-world problems, Dr. Mike Meitner and I have partnered with West Fraser (in Quesnel, BC) and TimberWest (in Campbell River, BC), to improve the planning process in areas of scenic and visual importance. West Fraser’s operations have been dramatically impacted by the the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, a lack of available timber in areas of lower elevation, and the reduction in back-country timber. The result is that forest operations start to roll into publicly significant and visible landscapes. TimberWest operates numerous licenses along the Inside Passage of BC – a major tourism route and recreational area. Our partnerships are facilitated by case studies involving the design of harvest plans informed by the methods we produce using the Viewshed model. The goals for the partnerships are to improve the Viewshed model and harvest designs in order to help planners optimize timber availability and reduce the visual impact, while meeting ecological goals.

Dissemination:

Chamberlain, B.C., Meitner, M., Ballinger, R. (in press). Applications of Visual Magnitude in Forest Planning: A Case Study. Forestry Chronicle.

Chamberlain, B., Meitner, M., Patrizio, A. (2012). Measuring the Visible Effects of Harvesting: Calculating Percent Alteration. ESRI International User’s Conference. San Diego, CA, July 2012.

Chamberlain, B., Meitner, M., Lambke, K. (2012). A GIS Tool for Managing Visual Quality in British Columbia. ESRI International User’s Conference. San Diego, CA, July 2012.

People:

Dr. Mike Meitner

Alec Patrizio

Kirsten Lambke

West Fraser (Quesnel, BC)

TimberWest (Campbell River, BC)

Funding:

NSERC