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The Forest Practices Authority

Landscape manual chapters

Chapter 1 - Visual landcape awareness

 This chapter defines principles of visual perceptual of humans which can assist our appreciation and analysis of the inherent visual character and visual values of a landscape. It further provides a basis from which to understand the landscape and begin to identify the likely effects on viewing of proposed forest management changes.


Chapter 2 - Visual management system

Both the viewing exposue to the public and the inherent attractivity of the visual landscape affect the sensitivity of landscape where forest operations may occur. The Visual Management System takes a step by step approach to assessment of the total landscape into graded zones. This provides a mapped inventory of relative viewing sensitivity.


Chapter 4 - Visual absorption capability

Each part of the landscape has different inherent capability to visually withstand or absorb management activities. A range of detailed parameters of the land that determine this capability are defined in this chapter. These can be identified and measured on a systematic basis to provide an inventory of values or, they may be used on a site by site, coupe by coupe basis.


Chapter 6 - Landscape design for native forest operations

Examples of visual design alternatives for operational are given. These cover a range of generic solutions to address the widely varied landscapes, forests and operational types occurring within the state and can be reviewed to determine visually successful operational designs for particular situations.


Chapter 7 - Landscape character types of Tasmania

A regional framework of 10 'landscape character types' is described for Tasmania. The types are specific regions within which scenic quality is assessed independently to provide classes for input into mapping of landscape priority zones under the visual management system (defined in chapter 2). The types particularly exemplify the scenic diversity existing across the state, within a moderate-sized area. As well, the types are a convenient starting point for definition of more detailed local-scale landscape character areas-each possessing an individual sense of place and viewing extremity.


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