We ask you to complete this Scenic Viewing and Special Places Inventory and tell us about your favorite scenic areas.
What would you like Land Between The Lakes to emphasize in managing our landscape for high quality scenic integrity? If you would like to complete the scenic viewing and special places inventory, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8KPQ8KJ. If you would like to learn more about the inventory, read further.
Hello! My name is Rourke McDermott and I serve as a Landscape Architect at Valles Caldera National Preserve, north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. During the next five months, I am working at Land Between The Lakes to help develop the Scenery Management System Plan and Implementation Guide to enhance scenic quality and visual resource viewing opportunities for visitors. We need YOUR input!
There are many resources that make up our nation’s public lands and natural treasures such as, biological, geological, archeological, hydrological, and many others. Together, they make theuniqueness or sense of a place. The resources of a particular landscape give that area its distinctive identity. With a scenery management plan, we identify the most significant scenic locations and aesthetic assets of an area.
What does all of this mean to you? It means more scenic viewing opportunities for you.
Research has shown that high-quality scenery enhances people’s lives and benefits society. Viewing natural scenery is psychologically and physiologically beneficial. People have positive responses—lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduced muscle tension—when viewing nature (US Forest Service 1995). Scenic natural beauty and aesthetic values have always been important to the guests and visitors of Land Between The Lakes.
How do we know what is valued? You tell us!
Visitors can tell us what is beautiful or scenic by completing the Scenic Viewing and Special Places Inventory. Tell us what you value. What is beautiful to you? What areas, assets, or characteristics enhance your experience as a visitor? Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8KPQ8KJ to complete the Inventory.
Once we have an inventory, we can develop Landscape Character Goals and Scenic Integrity Objectives to ensure preservation and protection of scenery and scenic values at Land Between The Lakes.
If you want more information about the Scenery Management System and this project at Land Between The Lakes, visit the reference links below:
- Land Between The Lakes Land And Resource Management Plan, pages 63 and 81-82
- Land Between The Lakes Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Land and Resource Management Plan, pages 258-262
- Landscape Aesthetics- A Handbook for Scenery Management (AH-701)-Forest Service Handbook
Please take the time to tell us what you value when viewing natural scenery at Land Between The Lakes. To complete the Scenic Viewing and Special Places Inventory, follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8KPQ8KJ.