The fifth and last sessions in a series of Palms to Pines workshops will be held next week. At this workshop, the draft Corridor Management Plan (CMP) will be presented and a discussion of the next steps for implementation will be held.
As before, the U.S. Forest Service has scheduled the workshops in three locations on consecutive days.
- Tues., Nov. 15: Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Workshop V, 6-8 p.m. Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Hwy. 243.
- Weds., Nov. 16: Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Workshop V, 6-8 p.m. Santa Rosa Reservation, Tribal Meeting Hall.
- Thurs., Nov. 17: Palms to Pines Scenic Byway Workshop V, 6-8 p.m. Santa Rosa Reservation, Tribal Meeting Hall.
“The San Bernardino National Forest, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and many community members have been working toward developing a Corridor Management Plan for the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway,” said Timory Peel, natural resource planner for the Forest Service’s, Recreation Solutions group. “We’ve had four successful workshops led by Dr. Emilyn Sheffield, California State University, Chico over the past year.”
The San Bernardino National Forest and Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument are developing a CMP for the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway. Highway 74 from Palm Desert to Mountain Center and Highway 243 from Mountain Center to Banning would be the designated corridor.
The first workshop occurred in November and covered the project’s Introduction, the Corridor Management Plan description, National Scenic Byway Designation (what is it and what is the process) and project timeline.
The second workshop was in late January. This was an effort to Identify intrinsic features and Interpretation themes and to discuss transportation and signing. The third workshop was in April and attendees continued discussing the intrinsic features and signage.
The fourth workshop occurred at the end of May and participants began talks about marketing, implementation and artwork.
Notes on the previous workshops can found at Forest Service Palms to Pines CMP Planning website, www.fs.usda.gov.