Forest Landscaping Design
Today there is a need in the woodlands to integrate the design arts with the principles of forest management. Through the collaboration of landscape architects and foresters, the woodlands produce remarkable visual amenities in great measure. Many of the positive visual effects of forest management have been overlooked. Although many receive a high degree of aesthetic and recreational enjoyment from their woodlands, few understand the improvement scenery that can be achieved.
Many complaints are often heard about monotony of driving or walking through forests from miles after miles. It becomes boring and soporific. This monotony can be removed by prescribing silvi-cultural treatment that can establish contrast and variety in successive stands of trees.
Colour and texture are important design elements of forest vegetation. The primary visual function of forest vegetation is to reveal or to conceal what lies beyond. If trees are removed from an area, it helps to open-up the landscape, affording views far and wide revealing the outdoor spaces. The landscape itself is not visible if tracts of land have not cleared. The depth of visual penetration can vary from a metre to a hundred metres or more beneath a closed canopy of foliage.
The forest is a renewable landscape element. A plot of undisturbed land usually does not remain open for a long time. The forest is a manipulable landscape element, whereas buildings, landforms are relatively fixed and permanent elements in a landscape. But forest vegetation can be easily changed by removing trees.
We have to manipulate forest vegetation solely for scalcialeffects and other amenities that would result. We have to see how natural processes can be directed to shape stands of trees into useful products and attractive forest spaces within testing forest landscape.