Canadian Forest Service Publications

Assessing spatial attributes of forest landscape values: an internet-based participatory mapping approach. 2008. Beverly, J.; Uto, K.; Wilkes, J.; Bothwell, P.M. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38(2): 289-303.

Year: 2008

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 28128

Language: English

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Abstract

We designed and developed an internet mapping application to collect data on the locations of forest landscape values across a 2.4 million hectare study area in the province of Alberta, Canada. Four communities in the study area were surveyed and 8053 point locations were mapped for 10 different value types. Importance weights of landscape values were determined through a ranking exercise. Nearest-neighbour and second-order spatial point pattern analysis (K functions) suggested that all value types were significantly clustered across the study area. Recreational, wilderness, existence, and biological diversity values exhibited maximum clustering at larger spatial scales in comparison with educational, economic, historic or cultural, and spiritual values. Maximum clustering was positively related to mean road density and negatively related to mean distance to water, which suggests that landscape features influence the spatial pattern of values by acting as focal points or attractors for values. An applied use of the data for values hotspot detection and community protection zoning in forest fire management planning is presented.