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Federal Agency Visual Impact Mitigation Guidance

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published several visual impact mitigation guides:

U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

In the 1970's the USFS issued a series of Agriculture Handbooks collectively entitled "National Forest Landscape Management." The 8-volume set addressed a wide range of visual impact mitigation practices, and included two volumes relevant to utility-scale energy projects.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

The FHWA does not have a standalone publication devoted to visual impact mitigation; however Chapter 7 of the publication "Guidelines for the Visual Impact Assessment of Highway Projects" provides detailed guidance on visual impact mitigation for roads.

In addition, the FHWA publication Roadside Revegetation: An Integrated Approach to Establishing Native Plants, FHWA-WFL/TD-07-005, contains some useful information about vegetation-related visual impact mitigation.