U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service -- National Agroforestry Center


Date of this Version

November 2005


Published in Reprinted from the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation Volume 60, Number 6.


Despite the use of planting plans and engineering drawings, many landowners find it difficult to conceptualize what a future conservation practice or system will actually look like on their landscape. This lack of understanding can create challenging barriers in the planning process and is exacerbated by the long-term commitment that many conservation systems require from landowners. Landowners often lament if they could only see a picture of the proposed action on their property, then they could make a decision. Fortunately, natural resource professionals have a tool called visual simulations to help address this dilemma.