The California Historic Route 66 Association (CHR66A) in coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), have scheduled public scoping meetings in Barstow and Needles, CA, to solicit public comment regarding issues and concerns that should be analyzed in the preparation of a corridor management plan (CMP) for historic Route 66 within the BLM California Desert District. The study area extends from the western city limits of Barstow to the Colorado River.
Corridor Management Plan Web Meeting
When: Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 10:30am - Noon PDT
Topic: Transportation and Visitor Infrastructure
For info: send an email to Cart66cmp@lardnerklein.com with the words ‘CART 66 Web Meetin’ in the subject line.
Advance Meeting Handout will be posted here prior to the meeting
You provided invaluable insights into the issues, concerns, preservation needs, points of interest, and enhancement opportunities that will contribute to our Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for Route 66 from the Colorado River through the City of Barstow. As you are aware, the CMP is needed to meet the requirements for nomination of the route as a National Scenic Byway and more importantly, to help preserve Route 66 history and resources across the desert.
As the sponsors of the CMP and Scenic Byway nomination, the California Historic Route 66 Association and Bureau of Land Management are in the process of forming an Ad Hoc Committee to review and discuss potential strategies for maximizing outreach and effectiveness of a series of web-based meetings focused on specific aspects of the CMP. The Ad Hoc Committee includes representatives from each of the communities, organizations, agencies, and individuals that expressed an interest in participating in the committee on the comment form submitted at the public meeting.
The first web meeting will take place April 28, 2014 from 10:30am-Noon PDT. The subject of the meeting will be on Route 66’s Intrinsic Qualities and their Stewardship. We will be discussing reasonable approaches to the preservation and stewardship of Historic Route 66 and its context.
Three additional web meetings are tentatively scheduled for the fourth Thursday of selected months from 10:30am to Noon (Pacific). The tentative agendas and dates for the meetings include:
The California Historic Route 66 Association and the California Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have teamed up with their governmental and non- governmental organization partners to help preserve the history of Route 66 through the desert and develop strategies for educating visitors from both nearby and afar about its significant cultural and natural landscape features. The effort will also look for ways to increase economic activity through enhanced recreation and heritage tourism opportunities for visitors to its gateway communities. The BLM hired a multidisciplinary team led by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects (L/KLA) to assist with this planning effort. L/KLA has prepared corridor management plans for byways and heritage touring routes throughout the United States. One of the first project tasks is to reach out to communities along Route 66, from Barstow to Needles, for their ideas, and suggestions as to how this effort can help to preserve and enhance the heritage and nature-based tourism opportunities that are found along the corridor and in the region.