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Planning for the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Begins

Near Mill Creek on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway ~photo provided
Near Mill Creek on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway ~photo provided

llttThe Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership and its partners are revising the Corridor Management Plan for the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway in 2016. The 500 mile byway extends from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon through a chain of volcanoes and geologic formations to Lassen Volcanic National Park and Susanville in northeastern California.

The byway was designated as a National Scenic Byway All American Road in Oregon in 1998 and in California in 2002. Because of its diverse geography and history, the byway has high national significance which led to its distinction as one of only 31 All-American Roads in the United States. The byway area is an important driver of tourism and local employment for nearby communities.

Management of the byway is guided by a Corridor Management Plan. The revised Plan will include action items that byway communities and agency partners would like implement over the next ten years. “We need help from byway communities to identify their highest priority projects for the byway within their region. This could be more interpretive sites, upgraded public facilities, trails, highway improvements or marketing initiatives, etc.,” said Elizabeth Norton, President of the Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership.

A survey is being conducted to solicit community feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWNXBLC. “We hope our agency partners and community members will take a few minutes to respond to the ten questions in the survey and comment on what you’d like to see accomplished in the future. We value your opinions, “said Norton. Comments are requested by June 1st.

Local meetings are also scheduled to discuss byway project priorities in the following locations. All meetings start at 4:00p.m. and last about two hours.

  • June 6 in Klamath Falls, OR at the Klamath Ranger District, 2819 Dahlia Street, Suite A
  • June 7 in Tulelake, CA at Mike and Wanda’s Restaurant, 423 Modoc Avenue
  • June 8 in Mt. Shasta, CA at the Mt. Shasta Ranger District, White House, 204 West Alma
  • June 13 in Susanville, CA at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot, 601 Richmond Road
  • June 14 in Mineral, CA at Lassen Volcanic National Park headquarters off State Route 36

“Preparing this new Corridor Management Plan is a partnership effort,” said Norton. “Once we’ve prioritized the list of byway projects, we’ll be working with our partners over the next several years to implement them. We’re excited about what the future will bring through this Plan.”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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