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News from Scenic America:
Legislative Wins, Billboard Battles & Creating Byways

The House Rules Committee voted this morning on the INVEST in America Act and advanced it to the floor with three of Scenic America’s top priorities in the base text of the bill: dedicated funding for scenic byways, support for utility undergrounding, and funding for gateway community programs. Amendments were also filed to increase byways funding and to prohibit tree cutting for billboard visibility. 

 

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Austin Case

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute about whether the City of Austin violated First Amendment rights by regulating the location of digital billboards.  Reagan Advertising sued the city in 2017 after it was denied permits to digitize two off-premise signs. While a federal judge ruled against Reagan, an appeals court reversed the decision last year. Scenic Texas coordinated an amicus brief signed by Scenic America and others in support of Austin's position.

 

Signage Issues Heat Up in Houston, Rhode Island, Arizona & New Jersey

Scenic America is stepping up to support affiliates and community activists facing billboard and signage battles from coast to coast by providing research, public comments, and other advocacy resources. 

 

Spotlight on Gateway Communities

Gateway communities play a key role as entry and exit points for attractions like national parks. They provide hospitality services and recreational activities in addition to what is available in parks. 

 

VIDEO: Creating the New Ozark Run Scenic Byway

In this video created by Daugherty Business Solutions, Scenic Missouri board member Eric Hermanson talks about his passion project: creating the new Ozark Run Scenic Byway. 

 

Placemaking Spotlight: Montclair, NJ

A New York suburb that grew up from a stopping place for shore-bound Native peoples to a hub for NYC-bound commuters has developed its own scenic personality. 
 

 

Scenic Heroes: Mike Dawida

Scenic Pittsburgh's executive director and Scenic America's current board chair has built a career upon service to his state and community with an eye out for safety and scenic beauty. 
 

 

Project Green Schools Honors Green Difference Award Winners 

Project Green Schools recognized schools and teachers with outstanding environmental education programs with its Green Difference Awards, sponsored by Scenic America and other like-minded institutions. 

 

Fleming Wins Book Award
Scenic America Chairman Emeritus Ronald Lee Fleming earned a 2021 Book Award from the New England Society in the City of New York for his latest book, The Adventures of a Narrative Gardener

 

Help Us Create a More Scenic America

There's never been a more important time to show your appreciation for the parks, open spaces, communities of character, and scenic drives that make America beautiful. With your help, we can protect those scenic qualities for generations to come. 

 
 

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