U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 424
North Coast community leaders celebrate Redwood Coast Geotourism launch
Leaders in tourism, business and government met in the historic Humboldt County town of Scotia on March 11 to celebrate the launch of the Redwood Coast Geotourism MapGuide and website. The project resulted from a partnership of the Bureau of Land Management, National Geographic's Center for Sustainable Destinations and the North Coast Tourism Council. It is one of 14 MapGuide projects worldwide.
The MapGuide at www.visitredwoodcoast.com, enables visitors to plan trips by pinpointing and learning details about everything from natural attractions to lodging and special events. It encourages sustainable tourism choices for domestic and international visitors.
The celebration featured a full day and evening of events.
After an afternoon touring the town and discussing the history of redwood logging on the North Coast, the celebration moved indoors to a celebration held at the historic Scotia Inn and Winema Theater, both built completely from redwood.
Above: Keynote speaker J. Michael Fay, left, spoke during a question and answer session. In 2007-2008, Fay, National Geographic's "explorer in residence," trekked the entire range of coastal redwoods to call attention to issues surrounding conservation of the species. The trek resulted in the cover story of the October 2009 edition of the magazine, and was featured in a National Geographic television special. Other speakers pictured are, from Fay's left, Elaine Carmichael, a consultant working on a proposal for a North Coast National Heritage Area; Ruskin Hartley, executive director of the Save the Redwoods League; Marcia deChadenedes, partnership and outreach coordinator for the California Coastal National Monument; and Art Harwood, executive director of Redwood Forest Foundation.
The Redwood Coast region featured in the MapGuide covers Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, and the western part of Marin County. "This is a showcase of what makes Northern California so critically and beautifully significant," said James Dion, associate director of the Center for Sustainable Destinations. "More than ever, this project underscores the importance of conserving this region's tremendous scenic and historical assets for future generations."
- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 3/16/10
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