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BLT 2018

Support NSBF When You Shop

Support us when you shop for your Valentine. when you buy at smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0885499, Amazon donates to National Scenic Byway Foundation.

NEW IN 2018! THE RETURN OF BYWAY LEADER TRAINING

REGISTRATION FOR THE APRIL 17-18 TRAINING ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 10

This training program, first offered in 2015, is designed for new and renewed byway leaders throughout the nation. Attendees can expect to learn:

  • How Byway organizations are thriving

  • Strategies to update your Corridor Management Plan (CMP)

  • Priorities for marketing, partnerships and fund-raising

  • Byway jargon – Viewshed Protection; Wayfinding; Pull-off Interpretation; etc.

“This training was a great experience and allowed for great networking among byway professionals.” - Jan Gammon, Iowa Lincoln Highway

“The NSBF Byway Leader Training was very motivating and gave some great information.” - Joyce Chambers, Indiana Lincoln Highway

Sponsored by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, the training will be offered in three locations as pre-conference offerings:

April 17-18, 2018; April 18-20, Kearney Nebraska – along the Historic Lincoln Highway.

June 4-5, 2018; Schenectady NY - along the Mohawk Towpath Byway.

Aug 21-22, 2018; Richmond Indiana - along the National Road.

See the flyer above for details. And contact Sharon Strouse, sharonstrouse@gmail.com for registration information and questions.

sweet king cakeCelebrate Like a King with the Creole Nature Trail!

It's the official dessert of Mardi Gras and with this easy recipe, you can enjoy a sweet king cake anytime you'd like! Get Bakin'

Preserving Historic Road Conference

Scenic byways have played an integral part of the Preserving Historic Road conferences since the first conference in Los Angeles in 1998. Please join us for the 20th Anniversary Preserving the Historic Road Conference. It will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, on September 20-23, 2018. (http://www.historicroads.org/) See the attached CALL FOR PAPERS. Note that the deadline for paper abstracts is February 28, 2018.

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Chris Thompson, President & CEO Brand USA, Roger Dow, President & CEO of U.S. Travel Association, and Mayor of DC Muriel Bowser visit with NSBF representatives Stacy Brown, Drew Alberti, and Patricia McNally

National Summit for Gateway Communities, December 12-14

scenic america conservationThe 100th anniversary of the National Park Service put a spotlight on the iconic parks that Americans love and cherish. It also directed attention to the need to invest in America’s gateway communities, which welcome and serve the needs of visitors and residents drawn to the magic of our public lands. 

To help address these issues Scenic America is partnering with the Conservation Fund to produce a National Summit for Gateway Communities this December at the National Conservation Training Center in Sheperdstown, West Virginia.  Click here to learn more about the goals and objectives of the summit.

 

Report: IPW 2017 Washington D.C.

On June 4-7 IPW 2017 was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The National Scenic Byway Foundation (NSBF) was invited to participate as a part of the Great Outdoors USA group, or "Federal Row," representing a variety of federal organizations and partners at the travel industry's premier international marketplace. Stacy Brown of Boom or Bust Scenic Byway, Drew Alberti of Lakes to Locks Passage, and Patricia McNally formerly of America’s Byways participated as delegates at the U.S. National Scenic Byways Foundation booth. (Click to read more.)

 

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NSBF Issues 2016 Annual Report

Read the full report here. Below is the introduction:

In 2016, the National Scenic Byway Foundation continued to focus on providing ‘Tools, training and support for byway leaders.’ The Foundation’s website at nsbfoundation.com was updated, and it continues to be the place for news, resources and connections to byways and byway leaders.

2016 also marked the 25th anniversary of the National Scenic Byways Program. This report highlights several of our key programs and events, including the Scenic Byways 25! congressional reception. All of this work was made possible by our all volunteer board and committee members, as well as the financial support of our members. Memberships not only support our programs, but help to demonstrate to state agencies, DOTs, and federal legislators that byway communities value the National Scenic Byways Program and the work of the Foundation.

If you are not already, I personally encourage you to become a member, and let us know how we can better serve your byway. Also keep in mind that the Foundation has volunteer and leadership opportunities available at all commitment levels. Maintaining a vibrant national byway community requires a two-way street of support for byways and from byways.

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Other Items

National Scenic Byways Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve trails now accessible to visually impaired

NATIVE – Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act; P.L. 114-221

National Park Service announces Donny Ledbetter as new National Tourism Program Manager

New Video Inviting People to “Reconnect” on the Creole Nature Trail

Reminder: Shop AmazonSmile and Support Byways!

FAST – Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, P.L. 114-94

Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Latest Information From Byways Around The Country

Be sure to check Foundation News for the latest information from byways around the country, including the Every Kid in A Park Pass campaign, information about the Cascade Loop’s National Ford Magazine and Florida’s St. Augustine’s 450 celebration of history along AIA Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway.

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