The Southern NH Planning Commission and Strafford Regional Planning Commission Scenic Byways Project

The National Scenic Byways Program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Administered by the US Department of Transportation, the Byways Program has funded more than 3,000 individual projects since its inception in 1992. As a long-standing and extremely popular program, Scenic Byways offer communities the chance to promote history, increase tourism, enhance economic development, and foster greater regional cohesion. In order to qualify for a Byways Grant, selected roads must display a high level of archeological, cultural, historic, natural, scenic, or recreational qualities. Of course, no two roads are alike, and in each grant proposal, communities are given the freedom to decide exactly which qualities make their particular byway unique. If you want more information, please visit this web site.

Communities interested in attending this informational meeting will be sending representatives to Town Hall in Deerfield, Thursday, Feb. 16th at 6:00 pm (Originally sceduled for January 12, but postponed due to weather). Before attending, each community should begin to identify and discuss local sites and attractions that they wish to promote. These attractions can be scenic, cultural, or historic in nature. It would also be helpful to come to the meeting with some ideas on possible roads which would connect the towns of Deerfield, Raymond, Candia, Nottingham, and Northwood together. Is it sincerely hoped that all parties will be able to participate in what promises to be an extremely exciting, and potentially rewarding, opportunity.