Scenic Resource Assessment of the North Saskatchewan Region in Alberta

For 

Government of Alberta, Parks Department

By 

O2 Planning and Design

Location 

Alberta, Canada

Time 

2010-2011

Expertise 

Parks + Open Space Planning, GIS

My first project at O2 entailed conducting an assessment of scenic resources of the North Saskatchewan Region of Alberta. The assessment was based on a survey of public perceptions of landscape visual quality in Alberta, and mapped and quantified the results to help inform regional-scale recreation resource planning.

The assessment identified outstanding scenic resources as well as areas where development activities-- including oil / gas, forestry, power transmission, mining, and heavy industrial infrastructure--have been detrimental to perceived scenic quality.

My roles included leading the development of a methodology for conducting the assessment using GIS, creating visual preference survey materials (including taking a 3,000 km road trip to collect photos), and writing the project report.