Yadkin Project

Visual/Aesthetic Resources Survey

 

Location:                                                                                                                                                                               Date:                                  

 

Hello.  My name is ________________.  I am working on a study for Alcoa Power Generating Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service.  We are interviewing people to find out what they like and dislike about their visits to this area.  The information we collect will be used to help make decision about future management here.  Could you take a few minutes to answer a few questions?  I will start by showing you a map to orient you to our study area.  The questions I ask will refer to this study area [indicate on map].

 

1.     What is your zip code?                              

 

2.     Was scenic quality an important factor in your decision to come to the Uwharrie National Forest ?

 

A.

A major determining factor.

 

B.

An important consideration.

 

C.

A minor consideration.

 

D.

Not a consideration.

 

3.     Overall, how would you rate the scenic quality of this study area relative to other similar areas you use for recreation?  Would you say it is BETTER, the SAME, or WORSE than other areas in terms of scenic quality?

 

 

Worse

 

Worse than most

 

OR

 

Worse than any

 

Same

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better

 

Better than most

 

OR

 

Better than any others

 

4.     With regard to the scenery of the Uwharrie National Forest , what do you consider to be the most attractive area or feature?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

       

5.     With regard to the scenery of the Uwharrie National Forest , what do you consider to be the least attractive area or feature?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

6.     I am going to review a list of landscape features and ask you if youĺve ever noticed them in the Uwharrie National Forest , and if so, what your reaction was to their visual appearance.  (Each modification will be read and the respondent asked the following questions):

Ě         Have you ever noticed _____ in the Uwharrie National Forest ?  If no, go to next modification.  If yes, ask the following question.

Ě         Was your reaction positive, negative, or neutral?  If positive or negative, ask: strongly or moderately).

 

 

Notice?

Where?

Reaction

 

Text Box: ■Campground/Picnic areas

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Forest Service Buildings

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Private Residences

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Transmission lines and towers

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Shoreline Erosion

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Reservoirs

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Roads and related structures

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Timber harvests

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Text Box: ■Dam/power generation facilities

___Yes

___No

 

___Pos

___Neg

___Neutral

___Moderately

___Strongly

Have you ever noticed anything else in the study area whose appearance affected you positively or negatively?________  If yes, what was it?____________________________________

 

 

7.     We would like to know whether you have encountered certain conditions while using the Narrows or Falls reservoirs.  Please indicate if these conditions have been a big problem, moderate problem, slight problem, or not a problem.

 

 

Big Problem

Moderate Problem

Slight Problem

Note a Problem

Noise from boats on the reservoir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noise from vehicular traffic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noise from RV generators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noise from other recreation users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noise from hunting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noise from other sources  ___________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.     I will show you a series of ______ photographs that represent typical scenes from the Uwharrie National Forest .  Considering the VISUAL QUALITY of the lands in these photos, please indicate your likely OVERALL impression of these scenes if you were to encounter them while visiting the area.

 

        The following scale will be used to provide your responses.  The scale ranges from ôStrongly Positiveö through ôNeutralö to ôStrongly Negativeö.

 

OVERALL VISUAL QUALITY

Positive

Neutral

Negative

Strongly Positive

(+3)

Moderate

 

(+2)

Low

 

(+1)

Neutral

 

(0)

Low

 

(-1)

Moderate

 

(-2)

Strongly Negative

(-3)

Strongly Positive

Clearly Positive, But Not Strongly

Slightly More Positive Than Negative

Few Distinguishing Characteristics; Or Equally Competing Influences

Slightly More Negative Than Positive

Clearly Negative, But Not Strongly

Strongly Negative

                 

 

Scene

Positive

 

Negative

 

Strongly Positive

(+3)

Moderate

 

(+2)

Low

 

(+1)

Neutral

 

(0)

Low

 

(-1)

Moderate

 

(-2)

Strongly Negative

(-3)

Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


9.     (Surveyor provides list of responses below) From this list, indicate your three MAIN reasons for choosing the Uwharrie National Forest for this trip.

 

 

A.

Proximity to home

 

 

B.

Most suited to my primary recreation activities

 

 

C.

Convenient to accommodations/services

 

 

D.

Scenery

 

 

E.

Inexpensive

 

 

F.

Undeveloped-low-key character

 

 

G.

Good facilities (e.g. campgrounds)

 

 

H.

Natural Environment

 

 

I.

Good place for family

 

 

J.

Other (specify)

 

 

10.   For each of the following statements, please tell me if it applies to you.

 

 

A.

Our family has traditionally come to this area to recreate.

 

B.

I have strong memories of visiting this area as a child.

 

C.

My parents or grandparents once lived in the study area.

 

D.

My parents, grandparents or previous generations of my family were involved in early timber, hydro or farming/ranching operations in the study area.

 

E.

I live, or have lived, in the study area.

 

F.

I work, or have worked, in the study area.

 

G.

This is a special place for me.  Please explain:

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.   Approximately how many times have you visited the Uwharrie National Forest in the past 12 months?  _________times

 

12.   Approximately what year did you first visit the Uwharrie National Forest ?  ___________