RVDA Joins with Other Outdoor Recreation
Organizations to Support Scenic Byways
More than 30 national organizations, including RVDA, RVIA, and
ARVC, wrote Congressional leaders to describe the successes of the
National Scenic Byways Program and to call for continuation of the
program under any new federal surface transportation program.
The National Scenic Byways Program (NSBP) was created in 1991 and now
includes 150 designated routes in 46 states. The byways advocates,
writing as Friends of America's Byways, told the Congress, "These routes
offer visitors outstanding, world-class opportunities for scenic,
recreational, cultural and historic experiences. Not only are the lives
of the American people – and visitors to this country –
enriched immensely by these experiences, but thousands of communities
have been given a new source of pride and economic vitality. These
routes also link America's public lands to communities which serve as
gateways to parks, forests, refuges and other federally managed lands,
and tell stories about our land's geology, history and wildlife."
According to Friends coordinator Derrick Crandall, byways boost local
economies through increased visitation, are catalysts for plans which
shape development in key corridors, offer great traveling experiences
and inspire increased community pride.
Although byways have almost no critics, the Friends note that
expected cutbacks in federal transportation assistance to states put
even popular and successful programs in jeopardy. According to Crandall,
"The combined influence of transportation, recreation, conservation,
historic preservation and tourism interests overcame resistance to a
byways program in 1991. Those national interests have now reunited, and
we also have a rich support team of local byways champions – local
elected officials, local convention and visitor bureaus, local
government agencies and byways friends groups. I think this chorus will
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