Event Title

Understanding How Stakeholders Value Scenic Views: Lessons from the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire on Incorporating Viewshed Management into Environmental Decision Making

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Shannon Rogers

Location

Hartman Union Building Room 119

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 2:50 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 3:05 PM

Abstract

The Lakes and White Mountain Regions of New Hampshire is a unique setting that is overwhelmingly influenced by strong scenic landscapes containing picturesque valleys and rugged mountain peaks. These scenic landscapes have been, and will continue to be, threatened by viewshed alterations due to land development and large scale energy generation and transmission projects. These regions have a strong sense of community, have been a favorite recreational destination for many generations, and have an economy largely based around tourism. While energy needs are real, cultural ecosystem services can be diminished by such development projects. We know little about the variety of values citizens and stakeholders hold regarding viewsheds nor do we know which alterations are acceptable and what balances can be struck. This analysis includes an extensive literature review of the policies other states have and an examination of viewshed issue case studies from around the globe. From this literature review and a spatial analyses of current and potential projects, various stakeholder groups were identified and interviewed. Information derived from these interviews will assist in determining concerns and values surrounding the current and future state of the Lakes and White Mountains Regions.

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Apr 28th, 2:50 PM Apr 28th, 3:05 PM

Understanding How Stakeholders Value Scenic Views: Lessons from the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire on Incorporating Viewshed Management into Environmental Decision Making

Hartman Union Building Room 119

The Lakes and White Mountain Regions of New Hampshire is a unique setting that is overwhelmingly influenced by strong scenic landscapes containing picturesque valleys and rugged mountain peaks. These scenic landscapes have been, and will continue to be, threatened by viewshed alterations due to land development and large scale energy generation and transmission projects. These regions have a strong sense of community, have been a favorite recreational destination for many generations, and have an economy largely based around tourism. While energy needs are real, cultural ecosystem services can be diminished by such development projects. We know little about the variety of values citizens and stakeholders hold regarding viewsheds nor do we know which alterations are acceptable and what balances can be struck. This analysis includes an extensive literature review of the policies other states have and an examination of viewshed issue case studies from around the globe. From this literature review and a spatial analyses of current and potential projects, various stakeholder groups were identified and interviewed. Information derived from these interviews will assist in determining concerns and values surrounding the current and future state of the Lakes and White Mountains Regions.