Visual Resource Management-Landscape Aesthetics & Visual Impact Assessment
Visual Resource Management Consultants / K.B. Fairhurst, PhD, RPF, Owner
Visual Resource Management Consultants / K.B. Fairhurst, PhD, RPF, Owner
K.B. Fairhurst is a Visual Resource Management and Landscape Visual Impact Assessment Specialist continuously involved since 1980: as one of the original landscape foresters in British Columbia's Ministry of Forests until 1996 and running RDI Resource Design Inc ever since. RDI is celebrating our 27th year in 2023!
RDI provided direct expert evidence to the Alberta Utilities Commission in March, 2023 for the application AUC27417 by the City of Medicine Hat Alberta for the siting of a substation at the south end of the city. The submission included 3-d simulations of the substation.
Ken launched his forestry career as a timber cruiser during the summers with BC Forest Products while at UBC Forestry as one of the great class of '68, and as the Reforestation Forester with BC Forest Products following graduation. Ken returned to UBC to earn his Masters of Science (Forestry - Parks and Recreation) awarded in 1980. Pursuing his new interest in Visual Resource Management, he was offered the new position of Landscape Forester for the Vancouver Forest Region, working directly with the original Landscape Forester for BC - W. H. (Pem) van Heek. He formed a precursor to RDI briefly in the '80s called Urbanforest Consultants focused on, as might be expected, urban forestry. He once spent a season as part of the Forestry Crew in Stanley Park. The company became RDI Resource Design Inc in 1996. Much later, while still running RDI, Ken returned to UBC to earn his Doctorate in Forest Resources Management which he was awarded in 2010, intensifying the same theme of his career interests. He has now racked up fully 43 progressive years in his chosen discipline of Visual Resource Management.
Visual Resource Management and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment have always been key components Forest Landscape Planning, Analysis and Design in BC, USA, UK and further afield. The concept of forest aesthetics was defined by Heinrich von Salisch, a forester who lived in Postel, a hamlet north of Breslau, Silesia, in what was then Germany, in his book Forestasthetik first published in 1885, with revisions in 1902 and 1911 and translated into English by Walter I. Cook and Doris Wehlau (Forest History Society, 2008) and is available at https://foresthistory.org/other-books/forest-aesthetics/. Von Salisch stressed an integrated resource management approach merging the aesthetic with the ecologic when managing the multiple demands on forest and open space resources. The same approach is required when managing urban forest resources.
Now that BC now has a "new" resource management initiative in British Columbia called Forest Landscape Planning, I look forward to continued and increased integration of visual / ecological / First Nations values in the landscape. Though not directly addressed by the panel on Forest Landscape Planning at the 2020 ABCFP AGM, Visual Quality is one of the 11 FRPA values being maintained and likely expanded upon in Forest Landscape Planning.
A new "Visual Impact Assessment Handbook", released in May of this year is available for downloading at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/forestry/visual-resource-mgmt/visual_impact_assessment_handbook.pdf
A broader consideration - Proforestation - keeping intact forests to ecological potential to maximize nature-based biological carbon sequestration, biodiversity, water quality, air quality, flood and erosion control, public health, low-impact recreation, and scenic beauty - Frontiers in Forests and Climate Change: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/ffgc.2019.00027/full
RDI provides practical solutions for meeting Visual Quality Objectives (now VQ Requirements) which are strongly centered in ecological objectives at the forest landscape level.
The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP), back-linked on our Connections page, offers four excellent Visual Resource Management training modules on their website for members. See our VRM Publications page for the link. Included in Module 4 - "Assessing the Design" is a link to the 2018 draft "Guidance for Forest Professionals Practicing in Visual Resource Management". RDI has provided a link to this important document as well as links to ABCFP Ethical and Professional Conduct Standards to which RDI adheres when conducting Visual Resource Management assessments and reviews (see yellow highlighted links below). KB Fairhurst, RPF, has been a Registrant of the ABCFP since 1981.
With old-growth forests very much a topic of discussion in BC today, the Wilderness Committee has published a sophisticated interactive map of old-growth deferrals, other old-growth, and related development plans covering the entire province which should help inform these discussions.
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RDI has the in-depth knowledge and expertise to derive practical solutions to meet Visual Quality Objectives in landscape & visual impact assessment.
RDI was awarded a new Visual Resource Management contract with BC Timber Sales in February, 2022. The contract extends RDI's specialist involvement with the Kamloops Business Area will bring us up to 15 continuous years of service with the BCTS KBA in 2025!
Our bid, the lowest of a tough class of 8 submitted, is fully achievable only by offering comprehensive GIS services and 3-D Visualization technology combined with expert knowledge all under one small roof. Doing what you really enjoy, where you enjoy it, living and working one city block from Stanley Park in Vancouver with all of its trees, wildlife, seawall, beaches, Vancouver Rowing Club workouts (photo), and fresh air, everyday, also helps.
Commencing in April, 2023, BCTS will be expanding RDI's focus towards pre-planning through the production of Integrated Visual Design Plans (IVDP) and Total Resource Plans (TRPs) for BCTS following FIA standards, while continuing to provide VIAs. RDI will also provide peer reviews or parallel VIAs to Multi-phase contractors for VQO achievement assurance at our going professional services rates outside of our current VRM contract.
RDI's work on IVDPs commenced way back in 1998. Many of our IVDPs can be found under the "Consulting Services" tab. The FIA Standards are also linked there.
See our many VIAs under the VIA tab.
RDI's operations offices are not open to visitors. Our location on Denman Street near Stanley Park is only for mail and package receiving at the reception desk of Gohren and Associates, CPA. We will gladly meet our clients at the local Blenz Coffee on Denman Street in Vancouver (our treat).
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