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Visual Resources

Non-Federal Agency Visual Resource Programs Overview

In the U.S., non-federal agencies generally do not have formal visual resource programs or policies, though many are subject to laws, ordinances, regulations, policies, and/or guidelines concerning scenic resources or desired scenic character. Certain states or regional agencies do have landscape-scale visual resource programs or guidelines, or required or recommended procedures for visual impact assessment, but these are generally more limited in scope than the programs of federal land management agencies. Examples of these programs include those of the state of Maine, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Detailed information about non-federal agency visual resource programs and policies is not provided on this website, but examples of non-federal visual resources programs and procedures are discussed in each main topic area.