Byways Quarterly Newsletter 
Winter 2008
 
 
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In this issue:
North Richardson Byway Corridor Planning Kick-Off Meetings Held
2007 National Scenic Byway Grant Awards Total $435,051
Haines State Scenic Byway Corridor Plan now complete
SEAtrails develops resource maps for AMHS byway communities in SE Alaska
Glenn Scenic Byway Association begins a Public Outreach Program
Alaska Scenic Byways Newsletter Gets a Makeover
Upcoming meetings and events

North Richardson Byway Corridor Planning Kick-Off Meetings Held

Fairbanks residents participate in the North Richardson byway visioning session

A series of public meetings were held in Fairbanks and Delta Junction on January 8th and 9th to kick-off the development of a Corridor Partnership Plan for the North Richardson State Scenic Byway.

Meetings were well attended and lots of new ideas for the byway were generated. At least eleven individuals volunteered to be on the advisory team for the planning project.

Preparation of byway corridor plans is entirely voluntary, however once completed, the plan enables the state byway to apply for scenic byway grants or seek national designation.

The project is being administered by ADOT&PF with funding from a National Scenic Byways grant and additional in-kind contributions by the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Delta Junction.

For more information about this project or to get involved, please visit the project web site or contact Aneta Synan at 907.465.8769 or Julianne Hanson at 907.644.2000.

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2007 National Scenic Byway Grant Awards total $453,051

The U.S. Department of Transportation approved six 2007 Scenic Byway grants, totaling $453,051, for Alaska. The projects approved include:

  • Knik River Access Interpretive project: Pedestrian and interpretive enhancements will be made along Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge located along the Glenn Highway.
  • AMHS Seed Grant: This grant will cover costs associated with implementing the AMHS Corridor Partnership Plan and leading and promoting the AMHS All-American Road.
  • Japonski Island Boathouse Rehabilitation Design: This project will create the architectural designs for the rehabilitation of the Japonski Island Boathouse as a World War II and Maritime Heritage Center in Sitka.
  • Alaska Byways Marketing: New Alaska Scenic Byways marketing and promotional material will be developed with this grant.
  • Alaska Byways Highway Signage: New lettered scenic byways signs will be produced and installed along most state byways.
  • Baranov Museum Window Restoration: This grant will support the restoration of the windows in the 200-year old log building occupied by the Baranov Museum in Kodiak.

Although these grants have been approved, funding is not expected until some time in 2008. Project work can begin after a grant agreement with ADOT&PF has been executed. For more information about Scenic Byway grants in Alaska, please contact Aneta Synan via email or by phone at 907.465.8769.

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Haines State Scenic Byway Corridor Partnership is now complete!

The Haines Borough recently completed a Corridor Partnership Plan (CPP) for the Haines Highway State Scenic Byway. The community prepared the plan in hopes of attaining national byway status and to define an integrated tourism product that uses the Haines Highway as its backbone. The CPP will also make projects that implement the plan eligible to compete for scenic byway grant dollars.

The Haines Highway was designated a State Scenic Byway in 1998 for having outstanding scenic, natural, historic and recreational qualities. It is widely known for the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which hosts the world's largest congregation of bald eagles in one location.

Copies of this plan and other Alaska Byway Corridor Plans can be downloaded from the Alaska Scenic Byways corridor planning web page by clicking here.

For more information about this project or the Haines State Scenic Byway, please contact Lori Stepansky via email or by calling 907.766.2234.

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Glenn Highway Byway Association begins a Public Relations Outreach Program

The association for the Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway (NSB) is currently working on a Public Relations Outreach program that they hope to implement this summer. The goal of the project is to reverse a recent decline in visitor traffic on the Glenn Highway that resulted from various construction projects.

In addition to providing media releases about road construction events this summer, the byways group will be releasing an Audio Tour Guide on Compact Disc for independent travelers on the byway. The group is also producing a "Step on Guide" that will provide an outline and narrative of each interpretive point along the byway that can be used by Tour Operators.

For more information about this project, please contact Bonnie Quill, President of the GHNSBA via email or at 907.746.5001.

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SEAtrails develops resource maps for AMHS byway communities in SE Alaska

SEAtrails Inc. will be producing community maps thanks to the award of a National Scenic Byways grant. “The community maps will provide a greater level of detail about the cultural, recreational, scenic and historical values along Alaska’s Marine Highway System All-American Road in Southeast Alaska,” says Ron Crenshaw, SEAtrails board chair. Project partners include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service (RTCA Program), Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and Public Facilities.

SEAtrails collaborates with organizations, groups and agencies to attract independent travelers, adventure travelers and local visitors to Southeast Alaska . The 19 SEAtrails member communities include Angoon, Coffman Cove, Craig, Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Ketchikan, Naukati, Pelican, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Thorne Bay, Whale Pass, Wrangell and Yakutat. SEAtrails is a 501(c)3 non-profit run by a nine-member volunteer board spread throughout Southeast Alaska.

For more information, visit the SEAtrails web site or contact Karen Smith, SEAtrails coordinator, at vista@seatrails.org or 907.747.4237

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The Alaska Scenic Byways Newsletter gets a Makeover!

You'll notice that I've changed the format of these newsletters from PDF to HTML files that are embedded in an email. One benefit of the new format is that it will be easier to provide links directly from the newsletter to pages in the Alaska Scenic Byways web site. However, I'm looking for feedback and am anxious to know if you encounter any problems! Please email me at aneta.synan@alaska.gov or call me at 907.465.8769 if you have any problems with the newsletter or have other suggestions.

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Upcoming meetings and events

7:00 pm
February 20, 2008

Glenn Highway Scenic Byway Association Meeting
Location: Matanuska Telephone Association Building Conference Room in Palmer
Guest Speaker: Kris Abshire for Alaskan's for Palmer Hay Flats and Melissa saunders from the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
For information contact: Debbie Rinckey at 907-862-0319 or
drinckey@mtaonline.net

 

March 31- April 2, 2008 2008 Alaska Highway Neighbors Conference
Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage
For more information visit: www.themilepost.com/highwayneighbors

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Contact us
For more information about the Alaska Scenic Byways program or to add and remove names from the newsletter distribution list, please contact:

Aneta Synan, AICP, State Scenic Byways Coordinator
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
PO Box 112500, Juneau, AK 99811-2500
Phone: (907) 465-8769 / Fax: (907) 465-6984

Email: aneta.synan@alaska.gov
Web: www.byways.alaska.gov



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