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The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway is broken into a study overview section and two volumes:

Study Overview
The development of recommendations for the study was guided by the following goals:

  • Identify, maintain and enhance the scenic, historic, and natural features along the rural roads.
  • Support a vital year-round economy for the Southtowns, particularly tourism-related, and agricultural-related enterprises.
  • Provide safe and easy access to the central Southtowns' historic, recreational, and natural features for pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicles, and others.
  • Through education and outreach, foster community awareness, participation and support on the need for resource protection and preservation.
  • Provide guidance to municipalities for managing and shaping future development.
  • Promote a high quality of life and positive image of The Southtowns communities.

Volume 1: Resource Inventory
This chapter defines the intrinsic qualities of the proposed Western New York Heritage Trail. This term refers to that which is historic, archeological, natural, recreational, scenic, or cultural. The amount and characteristics of these intrinsic qualities, as well as their accessibility from the road system, are critical factors in determining the quality of the traveling experience.

Volume 2: The Corridor Management Plan
This section provides an overview of the critical needs in the byway area related to improving transportation, preserving and interpreting intrinsic values, marketing the region, and managing the byway program. Reviewing the needs of the Western New York Heritage Trail road system and its users is important when planning a system that serves diverse interests with both converging and potentially conflicting needs.