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Title: Visual quality testimony in an adversary setting

Author: Murray, Bruce H.; Niemann Jr., Bernard J.;

Date: 1979

Source: In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 693-699

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: This paper documents the conditions, procedures, techniques and conclusions under which a utility was required to replace two-thirds of a mile segment of overhead 69 kv transmission line passing an Ice Age National Scieytific Reserve with underground at the cost of $950,000 vs. $60,000 for overhead (WPSC 1978). Because the proposed right-of-way would not, in this case, create deleterious impact to other aspects of the environment, e.g., soil erosion, vegetation removal, etc.; therefore, the sole issue became whether the overhead transmission line would deleteriously alter the visual quality of the Reserve. The paper focuses upon the authors’ experience as expert witnesses in this adversary setting and provides specific insights into how the case was developed, presented and sustained. The primary purpose of this paper is to share this experience with others who are concerned with the visual resource

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Murray, Bruce H.; Niemann Jr., Bernard J. 1979. Visual quality testimony in an adversary setting. In: Elsner, Gary H., and Richard C. Smardon, technical coordinators. 1979. Proceedings of our national landscape: a conference on applied techniques for analysis and management of the visual resource [Incline Village, Nev., April 23-25, 1979]. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-35. Berkeley, CA. Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Exp. Stn., Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: p. 693-699

 


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