Agencies across the state of Maryland are working together to preserve, enhance, and market the state’s Scenic Byways. A new strategic plan created by the Maryland Scenic Byways Program Advisory Committee will focus on integrating Maryland’s byways into the landscape.
As part of this initiative, the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and State Highway Administration (SHA) have developed the Scenic Byways Resource Protection Application, a GIS-based mapping tool. The app defaults to include all of Maryland’s scenic byways, but users can toggle to the Antietam, C&O, Catoctin, Harriet Tubman or Star Spangled Banner routes as well as searching my address. A user guide is available to help people get started. The tool will be available to local agencies and advocates to inventory protected and threatened resources along Maryland’s byway system. This inventory will guide local and state agencies in prioritizing preservation and conservation projects.
Read more about this project and Maryland’s Scenic Byways at: http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/38401
Are you interested in the methodology behind the app? Read more at: http://mdpgis.mdp.state.md.us/BywayResourceTool/SB_Methodology.pdf