The Impact of Forest Stand’s Species Richness on Scenic Beauty of the Landscapes
Emil Galev

In this paper is described the visual impact of forest stand’s species richness on tourists. Objects of the investigation were specific forest landscapes in Bulgaria. For the study, many coniferous and deciduous forest stands were investigated from aesthetical point of view. The aim of the study was to investigate some visual aspects in forest landscapes, concerning colorful and seasonal effects of forest stands. The impact of species richness of the tree and shrub vegetation on the aesthetic preferences of tourists was determined. The result of the analysis shows different degree of species diversity and its visual impact over the observers. Some practical conclusions are drawn for putting into landscape design practice. The research reported conclusions concerning landscape preferences and the role that physical and behavioural expectations for places could play in the cognitive categorization of landscapes into different types.

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