Because the previous plan was outdated, the Kaibab Plateau – North Rim Parkway, which is otherwise known as Arizona Highway 67, needed a new corridor management plan (CMP) to retain and enhance the cultural, historic, recreational, archaeological, natural, and scenic qualities that define the area. This important byway serves as the gateway to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
With input from U.S. Forest Service staff and the public, LJB recently finished a new CMP for Arizona Highway 67. From canyons to prairies, peaks to plateaus, the Kaibab National Forest offers visitors a wide variety of opportunities for relaxation and discovery. To attract even more travelers and enhance visitors’ experiences, this new plan outlines goals for improving and implementing new procedures and projects.
Assistance from local communities through public meetings was essential in creating the new CMP. LJB and the Forest Service held four public meetings during the development of the plan to provide information about the project and solicit input. These well-attended meetings were held in person and via an online/teleconference meeting service.
Surprisingly, the online meetings were better attended than the on-site meetings, likely because it allowed more participants to engage in the process that otherwise wouldn’t have because of schedule or long-distance constraints.
By promoting the unique qualities that define the byway, local businesses, communities, and partners will benefit from more travelers and visitors looking for authentic experiences along Arizona Highway 67.
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