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$154,000 grant for San Juan Islands Scenic Byway

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau has received a $154,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to continue work on the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway, Washington’s newest byway.

Sponsored by the Visitors Bureau, the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is a collaborative effort to interpret, protect, preserve and promote the unique rural areas of the islands that welcome and can accommodate visitors. Beginning at the Washington State Ferry terminal at Anacortes, the three segments of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway include the marine highway to and between the San Juans – the historic canoe route used by First Nations people, a driving tour on San Juan Island and a driving tour on Orcas Island, all connecting major visitor destinations with 40 art, nature and history stops along the way.

For videos and maps of the three segments, visit www.visitsanjuans.com/visitors/scenic-byway

This second grant is specifically for the development of a corridor management plan, an essential element in Scenic Byway development. The process will bring together citizens, businesses, organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies to define the community’s vision, goals and branding of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. It will also develop plans for interpretation, define the infrastructure development needs, identify resource protection areas and methods, and define marketing approaches.

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