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Integrating visual resource and visitor use management planning: a case study of the Moses H. Cone National Historic District, Blue Ridge Parkway

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Johnson, Gary W.

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2018

Publication

In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183.

Abstract

This paper presents a case study of a National Park Service (NPS) management planning project for the Moses H. Cone National Historic District (NHD), located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. The project combined NPS and US Forest Service landscape classification, visitor use and resource management planning processes; the case study also includes the author's ideas about how these can be integrated and applied on the ground. An integral part of the management planning process was coming to an agreed upon understanding of the park/NHD's resources and visitor experience opportunities and where they were located. An inventory and classification of the park/NHD landscape into a range of distinct resource landscape units (RLUs) was the first step. The RLUs were analyzed to compare and contrast the spatial distribution of important natural, cultural and visual resources and contemporary infrastructure throughout the park/NHD. The landscape inventory, classification and additional analysis provided the basis for developing resource protection and visitor use alternatives and management prescriptions for each RLU. Visual resources were addressed at the RLU scale as character defining features and more specifically in the proposed management concept, zones and prescriptions.

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Johnson, Gary W. 2018. Integrating visual resource and visitor use management planning: a case study of the Moses H. Cone National Historic District, Blue Ridge Parkway. In: Gobster, Paul H.; Smardon, Richard C., eds. Visual resource stewardship conference proceedings: landscape and seascape management in a time of change; 2017 November 7-9; Lemont, IL. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-183. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-183-VCS-2.

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