Journal article

The VALS: A new tool to measure people's general valued attributes of landscapes

Dave Kendal, Rebecca M Ford, Nerida M Anderson, Alison Farrar

Journal of Environmental Management | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015


Research on values for natural areas has largely focussed on theoretical concerns such as distinguishing different kinds of values held by people. However practice, policymaking, planning and management is typically focused on more tangible valued attributes of the landscape such as biodiversity and recreation infrastructure that can be manipulated by management actions. There is a need for valid psychometric measures of such values that are suited to informing land management policies. A Valued Attributes of Landscape Scale (VALS) was developed, derived from a document analysis of values expressed in public land policy documents. The validity of the VALS was tested in an online survey compa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to the many people who contributed to the project, particularly Rosemary Lowry, Nick Houlihan and other staff of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). This research was funded by DELWP as a supplementary project under their Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research (IFER) program with the University of Melbourne. Dave Kendal is also funded by the Baker Foundation.