Scenic Snapshot: August 2023

In this month's Scenic Snapshot: Scenic America establishes a planned giving society, recent wildfires in Hawaii reignite the discussion over utilities undergrounding for disaster mitigation, a billboard victory in San Diego, and a Scenic America chapter successfully gets their own specialty license plate. We also look back on the life of a Scenic Hero, President Biden designates a national monument at the Grand Canyon, we learn more secrets of successful communities, and more.

Scenic America Launches Planned Giving Society to Recognize Donors for Enduring Contributions

August is National Make-a-Will Month, and Scenic America is celebrating by establishing the Scenic America Planned Giving Society. This program is meant to recognize individuals who make an enduring gift to the organization through inclusion in their will or estate.

As Hawaii Burns, the Case for Undergrounding Grows Stronger

For much of the month of August, the Hawaiian island of Maui has been the scene of unprecedented wildfire. The town of Lahaina has been particularly devastated, with over 2,000 acres being burned since the blaze began early August 8. What makes the fire in Lahaina particularly troublesome are the circumstances that have been linked to the blaze’s origin.

Town of San Pedro Set to Vanquish “Monstrous” Billboard 

After decades of waiting, citizens of San Pedro, CA, will soon see the removal of a giant billboard from the city entrance.

Coming Soon to Florida Roads: Scenic Walton Successfully Funds Specialty License Plate

A partnership between Scenic Walton and 30A has successfully secured a specialty Florida license plate through 3,000 pre-registrations, helping support scenic conservation efforts in Walton County.


Scenic Hero: Cornelius "Neil" Ridgely

Cornelius "Neil" Ridgely is remembered for his exceptional dedication to preserving scenic beauty through effective advocacy and leadership. Ridgely's influential efforts have significantly protected the natural landscape and enhanced the visual character of his community, making him a commendable figure in the realm of scenic conservation.

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President Biden Designates "Baaj Nwaavjo Itah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument"

In a significant move towards preserving the cultural and historical significance of one of America's most iconic landmarks, President Biden has officially designated the "Baaj Nwaavjo Itah Kukveni - Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument."

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The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 3: Use Education and Incentives, Not Just Regulation

Successful communities use education, incentives, partnerships, and voluntary initiatives not just regulation. To be sure, land use regulations and ordinances are essential to protecting public health and to setting minimum standards of conduct in a community.

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Tourism and Scenic Conservation

Tourism and scenic conservation can be seen as two sides of the same coin. The magnetic allure of picturesque landscapes, pristine beaches, and awe-inspiring heritage sites often ignites a traveler's wanderlust. Yet, it's the committed effort toward scenic conservation that ensures these places are preserved, and can continue as a vital driving force for local tourism.

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Introducing the Scenic America Planned Giving Society

Learn more about how you can ensure your impact on scenic conservation long into the future with a planned gift to Scenic America.

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