Forest Stewardship: Planning for Beauty and Diversity

People own forestland for a variety of reasons. Some think of their land primarily in terms of timber production or investment potential. Others value the land primarily for its recreational or aesthetic value. Frequently, landowners seek a combination of benefits, using the land for wildlife habitat and recreation as well as a source of income from timber production. At the same time, most owners want to be good stewards of the land they own—that is, they want to protect and enhance their forest resources.

Landscape Aesthetics: A Handbook for Scenery Management

High quality scenery, especially scenery with natural-appearing landscapes, enhances people's lives and benefits society. The Scenery Management System presents a vocabulary for managing scenery and a systematic approach for determining the relative value and importance of scenery in a national forest. This handbook was written for national forest resource managers, landscape architects, and others interested in landscape aesthetics and scenery. Both students and the general public, our "constituents," will benefit from the straightforward approach of the system to a complex art and science. Ecosystems provides the environmental context for this scenery management system. The system is to be used in the context of ecosystem management to inventory and analyze scenery in a national forest, to assist in establishment of overall resource goals and objectives, to monitor the scenic resource, and to ensure high-quality scenery for future generations.

Woodscaping Your Woodlands

Many timberland owners value their land for more than just timber. They realize that the land can provide many benefits and that management plans can be designed to achieve these benefits. A North Carolina survey shows that aesthetics is the primary reason many people own timberland. Other benefits include recreation, timber production, water quality protection, and wildlife preservation. Improving small woodlands is a step-by-step process. This publication will help woodland owners become familiar with these steps, with the concepts of woodscaping, and with ways to integrate concerns for wildlife, beauty, and resource management in a manner that is compatible with current land-use activities.

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