California Sea Grant College Program
An Organizational Analysis of Federal Agency Visual Resource Management Systems
- Author(s): Smardon, Richard C.
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The objective of this dissertation is to examine the function and importance of organizational factors in implementation of visual resource manage ment (VRM) systems within three Federal agencies. Such systems are means of predicting, controlling, and ameliorating visual impacts upon the landscape from different resource uses. First, historical factors important to the development, adoption and administration of Visual Resource Management (VRM) systems are examined. Second, Visual Resource Management (VRM) program administrators were asked to comment on the relative importance of a set of organizational factors in the implementation of VRM systems. Third, Visual Resource Management (VRM) administrators were asked to comment on the utility of proposed criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of VRM programs, to suggest good and bad examples of VRM program implementation and to comment on internal agency communication regarding VRM program matters.