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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
California Desert District Office
 
Release Date: 05/15/14
Contacts: Stephen Razo 951-697-5217; email: srazo@ca.blm.gov    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-41

Second Webcast Scheduled to Solicit Comments on Route 66 Management Plan


The California Historic Route 66 Association (CHR66A) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Desert District (CDD) have scheduled the second in a series of four webcasts to continue soliciting public comments on the preparation of a corridor management plan (CMP) for the segment of historic Route 66 that extends from the western city limits of Barstow, California to the CDDs' jurisdictional boundary, about five miles east of the city of Needles, California.

Lardner-Klein Landscape Architects, the contractor preparing the CMP, will host the webcast, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Pacific Daylight Time) on May 22. The CHR66A, BLM and Lardner Klein are seeking public input regarding how best to organize and enhance the visitor experience of Route 66 through the Mojave Desert, which will be critical in the development of the CMP.

An agenda, draft materials for review and instructions for participating in each web-based meeting will be sent out approximately seven to ten days in advance of the meeting.  Detailed information about the webcasts, CMP planning process and a handout summarizing the key visitor experience issues and draft strategies can be found at the CHR66A web site (http://cmp.route66ca.org). Anyone interested in participating in the web based meeting is requested to send an email to cart66cmp@lardnerklein.com with the words "CART 66 WEB MEETING" in the subject line.  Participants are requested to register prior to the webcast.

The CHR66A, BLM and Lardner-Klein also formed an Ad Hoc Committee to review and discuss potential strategies for maximizing outreach and effectiveness of the web-based meetings. The Ad Hoc Committee includes representatives from each of the communities, organizations, agencies and individuals that expressed interest in participating on the committee during the public meetings held in Barstow and Needles in late February. Members of the public interested in serving on the committee may contact Lardner-Klein by email at cart66cmp@lardnerklein.com.

The CMP will provide for the long-term management, protection and promotion of Route 66, and the preservation and conservation of the adjacent BLM National Conservation Lands/public lands. The Plan also will include a comprehensive interpretive, tourism and marketing strategy to promote sustainable heritage tourism.  

Upon completion of the CMP, the BLM will submit a nomination to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to designate the California segment of Route 66 a National Scenic Byway. Route 66 was designated a national highway in 1926, and extends 2,448 miles across eight states from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, California.

The CHR66A and BLM held its first webcast on April 28, 2014, which focused on Route 66's Intrinsic Qualities and their Stewardship. Additional webcasts will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Pacific Daylight Time) on the following dates to address the topics below. 

-        August 28, 2014: Transportation;
-        October 23, 2014: Marketing and Heritage Tourism Development. 

For information specific to the BLM, the CMP planning process or Route 66, contact one of the  following:

  • BLM: Doran Sanchez, BLM Route 66 Project Lead, (760) 252-6030; dasanche@blm.gov;
  • CMP planning process: Jim Klein, Principal, Lardner-Klein, (800) 337-1370; by email at cart66cmp@lardnerkleincom;
  • California Historic Route 66 Association: Glen Duncan or Lynne Miller, cahistoricrt66@aol.com.



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Last updated: 05-16-2014