Seaway Trail Corridor Management Plan

Erie County, PA

Applied Expertise

  • Scenic Byways
  • Waterfronts
  • Public Involvement
  • Interpretive Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Market Analysis
  • Heritage and Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Design Standards

OVERVIEW

We were engaged to develop a corridor management plan for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in Pennsylvania and to prepare the nomination of the trail in Pennsylvania as a National Scenic Byway, extending the existing 450-mile byway in New York through Erie County, PA. The Pennsylvania portion of the byway includes important historic and cultural resources relating to the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Presque Isle State Park offers white sand beaches and myriad recreational opportunities. It is also a National Natural Landmark and features unique migratory bird habitats with many endangered, threatened and rare species.

The corridor management plan includes a thorough inventory of the historic, cultural, natural and scenic resources of the corridor, as well as assessments of the byway communities’ demographics and economic development potentials relating to tourism. The project includes an overall interpretive program focusing on byway themes with design concepts for signage, kiosks, interpretive plaques and visitor stations. Detailed action, implementation and marketing strategies are included in the plan. The plan was submitted as part of our successful nomination package for the designation of the Pennsylvania portion of the trail as a National Scenic Byway.

AWARDS

2008 Award for Excellence in Regional Planning, WNY Section of the Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association

2005 Designation as a National Scenic Byway by the US Secretary of Transportation

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