The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is a great idea for educating people about the natural and human history of the Cascade Range. It covers a huge chunk of my home territory: it begins at Lake Almanor just south of Lassen Volcanic National Park, continues through the park, passes Lassen National Forest’s Hat Creek Rim and Burney Falls, heads to Mount Shasta, crosses the southern end of the Shasta Valley (my home), rolls past Dorris, and then hits the wildlife refuge area along the California-Oregon border before continuing up to Crater Lake.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Interpretive Plan
The group in charge of the byway has an announcement about upcoming improvements, and in a press release they ask for our input:
The Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership (VLCP) announces the release of the draft Interpretive Plan for the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road (called the Byway). The draft Interpretive Plan will guide the development of interpretive sites and messages along the California portion of the Byway.
The 500 mile Byway celebrates the spectacular scenery of the volcanic landscapes between Crater Lake, Oregon, and Lake Almanor in California. Interpretive plans for most of the Byway were completed between 1990 and 2007. This draft Interpretive Plan completes planning for remaining portions of the Byway from Lake Almanor, Susanville to Burney as well as the Highway 161 section from Dorris to the Tule Lake area. The draft plan identifies specific sites, guidelines and media recommendations for guiding visitor experiences for portions of the Byway traversing through Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Klamath Falls Lower Refuge, Tule Lake, and Lava Beds National Monument and World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
There are numerous recreation and interpretive opportunities along the Byway, which are showcased in the draft Interpretive Plan. The VLCP invites public comment on these suggested interpretive sites and their proposed messages. There are two parts to the draft plan including the plan itself (part 1) and the interpretive site inventory and descriptions (part 2). To review the draft plan and interpretive sites, please click on: http://www.volcaniclegacybyway.org/InterpPublicReview3.html
Most people will want to look at the proposed interpretive site descriptions for their Byway area. This is especially important to ensure the proposed sites are acceptable, other sites have not been missed, and the interpretive messages convey the information local communities would like Byway travelers to have.
Public comments are requested by April 1, 2011 and can be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the draft Interpretive Plan, please call Elizabeth Norton, Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership, at 530-251-7368 or Christopher O’Brien, Lassen National Forest Public Services Staff Officer at 530-252-6698.