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  • Ohio byways

    Ohio Byway organizations attend a workshop on Corridor Management Planning with NSBF Peer Advisor Sharon Strouse

  • Cortland IL mural unveiling

    Cortland IL mural unveiling

  • Retreat 5

    NSBF Board Members meet in Denver to develop a new Strategic Plan

  • Illinois River Road Board of Directors

    Illinois River Road Board of Directors

  • Retreat 2

    NSBF Board Members Twyla Witt (NE), Stacy Brown (LA) and Bonnie Heimbach (IL) with CO Byway Commissioner Greg Yankee

  • Gold Belt Tour

    National Tribal Transportation Planners meeting attendees travel the Gold Belt Tour (CO)

  • Malta, IL gazebo dedication

    Malta, IL gazebo dedication

  • Zebulon Pike's expedition

    Commemorating the Bicentennial anniversary of Zebulon Pike's expedition Gold Belt Tour (CO)

  • NSBF Board members work on the new Strategic Plan

    NSBF Board members work on the new Strategic Plan

  • Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

    Foundation representatives tour Top of the Rockies NSB during Colorado during Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

  • project on the San Juan Skyway

    Celebrating the completion of a large conservation project on the San Juan Skyway (CO)

  • Amy Webb chats

    Amy Webb (National Trust for Historic Preservation) chats with NSBF Board member Janet Kennedy (NY)

  • Foundation's petition to Congress

    Byway leader Heather Carmona signs the Foundation's petition to Congress in support of the National Scenic Byway Program

  • Oberstar receives an honorary NSB

    Congressman James Oberstar receives an honorary NSB Foundation membership

  • Living Legacy Project

    Soldier's Plant Trees As Part of Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project

  • Jackson Crossing

    Jackson Crossing, near where trees are being planted as part of Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project.

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2003. Our vision is that byways will be recognized and valued worldwide for their distinctive experiences, stories and treasured places. Our mission is to provide leadership to empower, strengthen and sustain byways.

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Please join the National Scenic Byway Foundation, American Road and Market Wise for the Power of E-mail Marketing webinar!

May 6, 1pm to 2pm EDT.
Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.  At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action - collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Email is more important than ever to the communication efforts of businesses and nonprofits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations. This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or nonprofit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.
 
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Transportation Alternative Program Letters – Please alert your legislators now!

Last summer Congress passed a short-term transportation funding bill, and funds will run out this May.  Congress is starting work on a long-term funding  bill.  The National Scenic Byway Foundation recently sent letters to the Senate and House Transportation Committees asking them to take action that Transportation Alternative Program funds may be used for scenic byways projects.  We encourage you to contact your members with this same message and copy the members of these key committees – see ADDRESSES.  Copies of the Foundation’s letters are found under Resources/Action Examples.

Join Us At IPW15 In Orlando, FL May 30 – June 3

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is representing the greater byways community at the upcoming IPW15 (International Pow Wow) in Orlando, FL May 30 – June 3 and BYWAYS will once again exhibit on Federal Row - alongside the National Park Service, AIANTA, America's Great Outdoors, Recreation.Gov and others.

We are again providing individual byways and state byway collections the opportunity to be called out and promoted as examples of our country's many byways to explore. Member organizations of the National Scenic Byway Foundation have the opportunity to be represented for a cost of $375 for a single byway or $750 for a state byway collection - a fraction of the cost for an exhibit booth. 

Your support not only gives your byway international exposure, it goes a long way to bringing much needed attention to the authentic experiences byways provide international travelers.  The National Scenic Byway Foundation cannot do it without your help.  If you're interested in making sure byways have a powerful presence at IPW '15 in Orlando, join us by participating in the National Scenic Byway Foundation booth. Space is limited. Participate in IPW2015! 

Complete the IPW Commitment Form by February 20, 2015 to be a part of this exciting event. For more information about the event, visit  IPW2015.

Latest Information From Byways Around The Country

Be sure to check Foundation News for the latest information from byways around the country, included the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway (Bend, OR) celebrating its 25th anniversary as a National Forest Scenic Byway and the ground breaking for their new Welcome Station.  Also, the Colorado Scenic Byways Program’s New Years Resolutions for 2015.

Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety

The Secretary’s Action Plan on Bike and Pedestrian Safety will promote design improvements to ensure safe and efficient routes for pedestrians and bicycles, promote behavioral safety, and provide education to help individuals make safer travel choices. The initiative will also encourage vehicle safety by drawing on current crash avoidance technologies to alert motorists to the presence of bicyclists and pedestrians.  Please see attached for a copy of the action plan.  Byway communities interested in this effort are encouraged to work with your State department of transportation and/or metropolitan planning organization.  For more information, please visit pedbikeinfo.org, saferoutesinfo.org, and fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian.   Please note that there is no additional funding associated with this initiative.

Highway Users Trust Fund Alert

During the July NSBF Board meeting, Gary Jensen, National Scenic Byway Program Team Leader, informed the Board about the fact that the Highway Trust Fund will run out of funds in August unless Congress acts. Gary indicated that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is restricting state reimbursements in anticipation of the “worst case” situation. The FHWA will be proportioning out the funds by state and it will be up to the states to decide how they will distribute the money.

NOTE: This will impact any byway projects that are ongoing. CONTACT YOUR STATE BYWAY COORDINATOR TO FIND OUT HOW YOUR STATE WILL BE HANDLING THIS SITUATION!!!

Also, it is important that your Congressional representatives know the impact this situation has on your byway and how important your byway is to the economic well-being of your area. See our most recent e-newsletter for economic impact information.

Here are several information links for further information about this issue:

  1. www.dot.gov/highway-trust-fund-ticker
  2. www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/Guidance-Memo-Cash-Allocation-Final-3.pdf
  3. www.dot.gov/grow-america/htf-cmp-faqs

Byway Leaders Survey

The Foundation recently conducted a survey of byway leaders from around the country.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  See the final report here.  It’s also in our Resources section under Research.