New Transportation Bill Signed (7/2012)
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which will sustain the Highway Trust Fund and provide States and communities with two years of steady funding to build needed roads, bridges, and transit systems.

Although the National Scenic Byway Program was NOT eliminated, and the designation program still exists within the Federal Highway Administration, there is no direct funding or grant program funds in the new bill for the National Scenic Byway Program. It appears there is some funding eligibility for byways under the new Transportation Alternatives Program, however, the extent of that eligibility is not yet clear. As expected, once it is more clearly worked out, decisions for use of Transportation Alternatives funds will be made at the state level. See this pdf document for more information about Transportation Alternatives.

The Federal Highway Administration has created a website to link to the new bill and provide related resources as they become available. The website can be accessed at www.fhwa.dot.gov/MAP21. You are encouraged you to check back regularly for updated information.

It will take some time to thoroughly decipher the new transportation bill and realize its impact on the byways community. We'll do our best to keep you informed of information as it is made available to us.

America's Byways Resource Center (6/2012)
The National Scenic Byway Foundation is pleased to assume responsibility for several of the America's Byways Resource Center's initiatives that have been such valuable tools for the byway community. The Resource Center has been an integral part of the success and growth of the National Scenic Byway Program over the years, and the NSB Foundation hopes to carry on the legacies of the Resource Center and the National Scenic Byway Program. We at the NSB Foundation would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Michelle Johnson, Curt Pianalto, and the entire Resource Center staff for all they've done for our byway community.

Now, more than ever, we all need to work together to assure the long-term viability of our byways through preservation, promotion and partnership. There are two ways you can get involved with the future of the National Scenic Byway Program:

  • Join us by becoming a member of the NSB Foundation. Individual and organizational memberships are available.
  • Join one of several committees being formed to gain input and assistance from the greater byway community as we move this program forward. If you're interested in becoming part of the action, complete our Committee Interest Form by June 22nd.

We need you on the team! Let's be sure this celebration of our byways continues now and in the future so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy the byways.

NSBF Announces the creation of the Teresa Mitchell Lifetime Service Award (March 2012)
Deborah Divine, Co-Executive Director of the National Scenic Byway Foundation (NSBF) Board of Directors, traveled to Sackets Harbor from Salinas, Kansas, March 17 to present the family of the late Teresa Mitchell with the NSBF's first Lifetime Service to Byways Award. See Press Release with photos

News From Hawaii Scenic Byways
Koloa Plantation Days and other events are coming up in locations along Hawaii Scenic Byways.

Input Needed From Byways Community
The Maryland Scenic Byways Program is in the final stages of reviewing its Strategic Plan. Terry Maxwell, Maryland Scenic Byway Coordinator, has asked us to share the plan with you to get your suggestions and input.

Maryland Scenic Byways Strategic Plan
The Maryland Scenic Byways Program is in the final stages of reviewing its Strategic Plan. Terry Maxwell, Maryland Scenic Byway Coordinator, has asked us to share the plan with you to get your suggestions and input. Please click here to view the plan and then provide your comments by downloading and completing this Word document. You can simply copy text you suggest changing from the document onto the table, and then add the substitute text you would like to suggest on the table. Leave the last column blank for their responses. Please email your comments to TMaxwell@sha.state.md.us by July 19, 2013.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to see how one state plans for its future! Thanks for sharing!

Colorado Scenic Byways E-Bulletin
Dates for funding applications and programs.

Cruise The Beautiful Illinois River
Enjoy an evening cruising the beautiful Illinois River and discover what is new along the Illinois River Road.

Illinois Photo Contest For Students
The Illinois State Treasurer is holding its first ever photo contest for students ages 8-18. We are asking them to use their cameras and send us their best depiction of agriculture from across Illinois.

Iowa Byways Travel Guide
Traveling Iowa's byways you will experience small town America, while enjoying diverse landscapes and unique landforms that have been shaped over thousands of years.

Historic Byway A1A, May 2013
Marketing the A1A Byway & Art Along The Byway.

Chicago & Beyond Newsletter, May 2013
From the Windy City through the rolling hilols of Northern Illinois.

You Are Invited To River Stories 2013
Enjoy an evening cruising the beautiful Illinois River and discover what is new along the Illinois River Road.

New Byways Under Consideration In Hawaii
We are pleased to announce the receipt of four nomination applications for new byways--three on Oahu and one on Hawaii Island. The Scenic Byways Advisory Committee will review applications and provide recommendations to HDOT's Director Okimoto. We hope to announce results in our next issue.

Alert From Creole Nature Trail All-American Road
FINAL Days to Vote for the Creole Nature Trail in "Best of the South 2013" by AAA Southern Traveler.

News From The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
The 5th Annual River Stories Cruise will be Wednesday, June 12th. Also, learn about Illinois River Road Geocaching.

National Photography Competition Brings Transportation's Role into Focus
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials this week announced the commencement of its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest. The national competition asks state transportation department employees and private citizens to photograph those people and projects which are making communities better, while emphasizing the importance of transportation. Read the news release.

Monte Hurley, Creole Nature Trail Chairman Honored with Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award
Monte Hurley, chairman of the board of commissioners for the Creole Nature Trail, was honored with the coveted Will Managham Lifetime Achievement Award for Tourism at the Lt. Governor's Tourism Summit held in Lake Charles, LA. More details.

Cascade Lakes Welcome Station Connecting Communities to Public Lands
The Cascade Lakes National Scenic byway in Central Oregon received a grant for $1,039,404 from the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byways Program to construct a 1,500 square foot Welcome Station on a forested site at the gateway to the Deschutes National Forest. More details.

Hawaii Byways 2013 Nomination Roundup
In the last month we've been busy working with a wide array of groups and individuals across the state looking to nominate a local road to be an Hawaii Scenic Byway. More details.

First Place Award for ShawCraft Sign Company and the Illinois Lincoln Highway Murals
ShawCraft Sign Company and their lead designer, Jay Allen, took first place in the Murals/Exhibit Graphics category for their Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural project for the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. More details.

Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural in Crest Hill
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition announces the installation of the second mural for the City of Crest Hill, Illinois. More details.

Chicago Heights Will Receive Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition is proud to announce that the City of Chicago Heights, Illinois will be receiving the 33rd mural in the Coalition's series of Interpretive Murals. More details.

Illinois River Road Organization HQ Has Moved
Peoria, IL (January 17, 2013) - Earlier today the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway announced that its organizational headquarters has moved upstream. Since 2006 the Byway program has been housed within the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois (EDC) located in Peoria, but due to changes and restructuring of the EDC, the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway has found a new home with the North Central Illinois Council of Governments (NCICG) in Ottawa. NCICG and the Illinois River Road organization hosted the open house event where the official announcement was made.

Read the full news release.

Beauty of America's Byways
National Scenic Byway Foundation Endorses "Beauty of America's Byways" Showcase -- Quilter Participation Invited from Patchwork Parkway to Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Paul Bunyan Byway and Beyond. More details."

Notes from the Road
Read the latest Great Lakes Seaway Trail's "Notes from the Road."

Colorado Byways Win Award
Congratulations to two of Colorado's America's Byways, Gold Belt Tour and San Juan Skyway, for receiving the 2012 Southern Colorado Conservation's "The Friends of Open Space Award." The award honors an individual or entity for efforts that led to the protection of a significant property or landscape in southern Colorado. See this press release.

Introduction to the New Byways Website Via The National Scenic Byway Foundation
Presented by the National Scenic Byway Foundation

Panelists:

  • Anaise Berry, National Scenic Byway Foundation
  • Duane Lula, America's Byways Resource Center
  • Gary Jensen, Federal Highway Administration
  • Carrie Kissel, National Association of Development Organizations
  • Leslie Kedelty, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
  • Don Farleo and Tracy Maurer, ADCo (developed the website)

Description:
Many of the training modules, tools, marketing resources and publications developed by the America's Byways Resource Center will continue to be available to the byway community after the Center has closed. This webinar, hosted by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, will introduce you to a new website and links to other websites that will host the information. Learn about how and where to access this information, and hear about some new resources never before available and a few updates to well-known tools. Time for questions and discussion will be provided.

Download and view our new Byways Webinar (This ia a PowerPoint presentation, 8M)

New Transportation Bill Signed
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which will sustain the Highway Trust Fund and provide States and communities with two years of steady funding to build needed roads, bridges, and transit systems.

Although the National Scenic Byway Program was NOT eliminated, and the designation program still exists within the Federal Highway Administration, there is no direct funding or grant program funds in the new bill for the National Scenic Byway Program. It appears there is some funding eligibility for byways under the new Transportation Alternatives Program, however, the extent of that eligibility is not yet clear. As expected, once it is more clearly worked out, decisions for use of Transportation Alternatives funds will be made at the state level. See this pdf document for more information about Transportation Alternatives.

The Federal Highway Administration has created a website to link to the new bill and provide related resources as they become available. The website can be accessed at www.fhwa.dot.gov/MAP21. You are encouraged you to check back regularly for updated information.

It will take some time to thoroughly decipher the new transportation bill and realize its impact on the byways community. We'll do our best to keep you informed of information as it is made available to us.

USA Today Article Explains Threat To America's Scenic Byway
Tourism and conservation officials are protesting pending federal legislation that would repeal the National Scenic Byways Program, which since 1992 has helped lure tourists and their dollars off freeways and into communities along back roads. (Posted 3/5/2012)

Support Sought From Secretary LaHood

The National Scenic Byway Foundation, American Recreation Coalition and national supporters of the National Scenic Byway Program seek support from Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. (Posted 10-18-2011)

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This list shows the contact information for Congressional members serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. (2/17/2011)

Letters of Support
Friends of America's Byways send letters of support for the National Program to Congress. (Posted 5-20-2011)

New Board Members Announced
The National Scenic Byway Foundation elected nine new and returning members to the Board of Directors at its March 1, 2012 meeting. See Press Release

In Memoriam - Teresa Mitchell
Our dear friend and founding President of the National Scenic Byway Foundation, Teresa Mitchell, passed away January 24, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. Teresa leaves behind an incredible legacy.

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Milling Around Minneapolis
Thanks to our sponsors, auction item donators and bidders! (See our list of sponsors.) Look for photos on the Foundation's Facebook page. (9/1/2011)

New Mission and Vision
The National Scenic Byway Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization originally formed in 2003, has a new mission and vision, as well as a renewed effort to be an active voice in the byway community... More (4/8/2011)

NSBF Strategic Plan Approved (4/8/2011)

Chicago Heights Will Receive Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition is proud to announce that the City of Chicago Heights, Illinois will be receiving the 33rd mural in the Coalition's series of Interpretive Murals. More details.

NSBF Board Member and New York Sea Grant Educator Raises Awareness of Small Businesses, Byway Communities at White House Briefing
NSBF Board member and New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. "Dave" White was among the invited guests at the White House Community Leaders Briefing on the Great Lakes Region on Wednesday. (See press release)

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail recently announced the hiring of a new President and CEO
See details.