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Nominations now being accepted for new National Scenic Byways

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has officially opened the nomination process for the first new round of National Scenic Byway nominations in twelve years. This exciting development is the direct result of more than two years of hard work by Scenic America and our allies to revive an important program that brings national and international…

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Scenic America accepting applications for Summer 2020 internships

Scenic America is accepting applications for Summer 2020 internships in Communications & Development and Policy, Research and Advocacy.  For more information on each internship and details on how to apply click the links below.  Applications are requested by March 27, 2020. Scenic America Communications and Development Internship Description Scenic America Policy, Advocacy and Research Internship…

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State scenic byways maps available for download

Scenic America has assembled the first complete collection of scenic byway listings and maps in every state and the District of Columbia, and we are pleased to make these documents available for free download. As part of our efforts to revive the National Scenic Byways Program and support scenic byways generally, we have researched and…

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First Time in the Senate: an Intern’s Perspective

by Sloane Jacobs, Scenic America intern As I stood waiting to enter the meeting room where the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee was meeting on the morning of June 18, I couldn’t help but wonder what the experience was going to be like. My fellow interns and I were here to watch debate…

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A Personal View: Garden State Takes Scenic Beauty Seriously

By Morgan Amiaga, Scenic America intern From my personal pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Maryland and a law degree in Washington, D.C., I can attest to many common misconceptions about my home state of New Jersey. Some think of New Jersey as an industrial wasteland — overpopulated, polluted, and overbuilt. Or, those born after…

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Registration Open for Scenic Symposium in Miramar Beach, Fla., October 24-25

Join Scenic America staff, Board of Directors, affiliates from around the country and local stakeholders to learn how scenic beauty supports economic development, livability and tourism. The symposium is being hosted by our newest affiliate, Scenic Walton. Representatives from many of our 51 state and local affiliates are traveling to Miramar Beach to learn from…

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President Signs National Scenic Byways Bill Into Law

Scenic America is thrilled to announce that on September 22, 2019, President Trump signed into law the “Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019.” The new law requires the Secretary of Transportation to start the application process for new byways within 90 days and to designate a round of new National Scenic Byways within one…

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Residents speak up to get wires down in historic Charleston neighborhood

When John Cay moved to Charleston, S.C. with his bride Billings about a dozen years ago, one of the first things he noticed were the overhead powerlines running past their house on King Street. Cay, a native of Savannah, Ga., couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “Right in the heart of the historic district were…

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Meet Lori Wray: she’s taking the long view in Reno

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern There was a time when Lori Wray could never have imagined herself in front of a podium, preparing to speak to public officials about her fervent disapproval of newly proposed sign ordinances. As a journalism graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Wray was much more comfortable conducting interviews…

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Why our public roadside trees need protecting

It is the practice of several states, with acquiescence of of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), to permit outdoor advertising companies to cut, kill and remove publicly owned trees for the benefit of billboard visibility. A bill in the last Congress, H.R 5156, the “Protect Public Trees Act of 2018,” sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe…

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