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Scenic Byways and All-American Roads - National

New information added on March 11, 2009

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June 2, 2004
“U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces Scenic Byway Grants”
The U.S. Department of Transportation will award 104 grants totaling $15,444,751 to mainly produce corridor management plans and implement them, and for other purposes such as greenway development, signage implementation, historic road marketing, and byway interpretation.

June 2002:
“New Scenic Byways and All American Roads Designated”

See Also
See Also

Scenic Byways and All-American Roads - New York

Canalway Trails and Canals

Defeating Land Designations

Government Control of Private Land

Heritage Rivers and Areas - National

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Champlain Valley “Lakes to Locks” Scenic Byway and All American Road designations
For a packet of background information explaining threats to private property rights, please send $5.00 to cover postage and handling to:
Judy Ford
24 Rectory Street
Clintonville, NY 12924

Websites
Websites

National Scenic Byways
Federal Highway Administration web site
(The agency that administrates the National Scenic Byways and All American Roads)
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Mississippi River Parkway Commission Newsletter
(The Mississippi River Parkway Commission presaged the gigantic Mississippi River Corridor proposal, the original national heritage corridor proposed when the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the like were in their infancy.)
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In-Depth Information

  • Carol W. LaGrasse“Dry Cimarron National Scenic Byway Defeated” - By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., February 27, 2009
    Although plans had been drawn up over a period of five years, local property owners from Union County, New Mexico, and Cimarron County, Oklahoma, organized effectively to influence the commissioners of both counties to withdraw their support for the designation for the bi-state Dry Cimarron National Scenic Byway.
  • Susan Allen“Scenic Byways — Innocent Sounding Land Management” - By Susan Allen, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, Speech to Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
    A succession of interlocking programs and preservation plans in northeastern New York build a juggernaut of restrictions on private Property. Included are federal and state Scenic Byways, Heritage Areas and watershed management.
  • “Plan for Scenic Byway in Greene County Arouses Controversy” - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, December 2002)
    Athens Councilman Fred Dedrick has held up designation of Route 385 as a Scenic Byway because he fears that property rights will be infringed by sign prohibitions; a mandated management plan to be prepared by non-profit environmental groups; new zoning and land acquisition to protect the Scenic Byway and integrate it with the County Open Space Plan; and the lure of grants.
  • De-designation of (Meeting of the) Great Rivers Scenic Byway in Jersey County and Greene County, Illinois
    Official Letters - September 27, 2002 to December 4, 2002
    These letters document the success of private property rights activists to get the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to de-designate the federal Great Rivers Scenic Byway through two counties. The MGRSB north of the Jersey/Green County line is now completely de-designated. - Don R. Keith, Division Right of Way Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation, Nov. 12, 2002 letter.
    • 1. Letter from Keith M. Sherman, Chief, Planning and Systems Section, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, to Don Little, Jersey County Board, December 4, 2002
    • 2. Letter from Don R. Keith, Division Right of Way Manager, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, to Linda M. Wheeler, Director, Office of Planning & Programming, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, November 12, 2002
    • 3. Letter from Keith J. Sherman, Chief, Planning and Systems Section, Illinois Dept. of Transportation to David Collins, Chairman, Jersey County Board, October 3, 2002
    • 4. Letter from Don R. Keith, Right-of-Way Program Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation, to Linda M. Wheeler, Director, Office of Planning & Programming, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, September 27, 2002

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