Wind Energy and Scenic Considerations in Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming
June 17, 2009

    
Participant Perspectives

We asked participants to reflect on the places they love in Southeast Wyoming and why they hold such value.  Then, we asked them, “how will wind energy development affect the places you love?”  We collected their responses in written format and have shared a select sample of them below.

At the beginning of the day, we also showed a set of paired photographs, which showed the same landscape with and without turbines.  We asked participants to share the words they associated with the pictures and compiled the entries we received into an anonymous list.  Below are two sample pictures, with the word choices we gathered listed below each.

Perspectives Perspectives

agrarian
agricultural property
agriculture
agriculture + open space
artistic
Beautiful (2)
bland
boring
bucolic
calm (3)
cattle
clean
cool
country beauty
developed
empty
farm
farmland
fine
forage
free
grass (2)
grazing
grazing
habitable
habitat
hayfield
healthy
historic (2)
lightly impacted
little
livestock
Moderately native
monotonous
Natural (3)
necessary
no impacts
Normal (5)
okay (3)
old
old homestead
open space (1)
open (12)
pastoral (5)
pasture (2)
peaceful (3)
pleasant
powerline
prairie
pretty (3)
productive
quiet
ranch (2)
ranching (2)
range
rangeland (3)
rolling hills
rolling (3)
rural (8)
rustic
sagebrush
scenic (3)
Serene
skyline
soft
steep
sublime
subtle beauty
surreal
sweeping
transmission
typical WY scene
unencumbered
unnatural
unspoiled (2)
vista
visual
wide open
wide-open
wildlife

agriculture
austere
awesome
bald
BIG change
big (3)
broken
busy
calm
changed
clean
cluttered
conflicted
contrast
corporate
damn
degraded
destroyed
developed (2)
developing
development (3)
disquieted
disruptive
distractive
diversification
dominated
drastic
economics
economy
efficient
energy + outdoors
energy consumption
energy (4)
exciting
eyecatching
eyesore
fragmented
giant
grazing
habitat-loss
impacted (3)
impacts
impairment
imposing (2)
industrial (4)
interesting
interrupted
intruded
Intrusive
Invasive (2)
jarring
large (2)
looming (2)
lost
majestic
medium
multiple use (2)
multiuse
non-desirable
obscene
obtrusive
okay
ominous
open space
open (3)
opportunistic
over power
overwhelming
pastoral
pisses me off
pleasant
positive
possibly necessary
power
pretty
progress (2)
progressive
proportionate
rangeland
renewable (3)
resourceful
ruined
ruined
rustic
sad
saving agriculture land
scar
scarred
scenic
smaller
tall
too much
towering (4)
tramatic
turbines dominate
ugly (5)
unnatural
useful
viability