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Attachment B: Detailed Listing of COREs

For each of the following COREs, a descriptive phrase is presented to capture the spirit of the CORE. This is followed by a specific CORE description and identification of potential CORE resources. Each CORE showcases six representative byways to suggest relevance to the system and the potential for byways to be associated with more than one CORE. This is not suggested as an all-inclusive listing, nor should it suggest representative byways are limited to the COREs identified here. While the representative byway COREs are self-evident, clarifying explanations have been provided

Scenic COREs

1. Monuments of the Landscape (Scenic)

Sandstone towers, broad rivers, deep canyons, fjords; snow-capped mountains, polychrome cliffs.

The Monuments of the Landscape CORE reflects sublime beauty and timeless presence of landscape features that stands out as focal points within the larger landscape.

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2. Shaped by Nature (Scenic)

The relentless surf, violent eruptions, slow moving glaciers and boiling waters, angry skies and blowing winds.

The Shaped by Nature CORE showcases the dramatic phenomenon and quiet processes that have created the physical landscape.

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3. Challenge Yourself (Scenic)

Shooting whitewater rapids, racing toward the setting sun, climbing, hiking, biking, stamina, testing yourself against others or against the elements.

The Challenge Yourself CORE captures the exhilaration, excitement and adventure of physically engaging with the landscape

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4. Excursions to the Edge (Scenic)

The frontier, distant horizons, isolation, remoteness.

The Excursions to the Edge CORE explores distant and remote landscapes.

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5. Woodland Refuges (Scenic)

Ancient trees, blazing fall foliage, whispering winds, and soft needles underfoot.

The Woodlands Refuges CORE showcases the beauty and majesty of our forests.

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6. Seeking Serenity (Scenic)

Escape, peace and tranquility; gentle breezes, contemplation, sanctuary, thought, hope and inspiration, timeless.

The Seeking Serenity CORE identifies places of quiet and retreat where the cares of the everyday are reconciled with the solitude of the landscape.

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7. Land and Sky (Scenic)

Broad vistas, the open range, waving grasses, serpentine coast lines, endless mountains and frozen tundra, infinity.

The Land and Sky CORE showcases the vastness of the American landscape.

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8. Pristine Shores (Scenic)

Rippling waters, lapping waves, a silent canoe, rocky shores, sandy beaches, mossy banks, reflected sky.

The Pristine Shores CORE identifies places where the water meets the land

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9. Wildlife Within Reach (Scenic)

Dust clouds from migrating herds, a tortoise sunning on a still pond, whales breaching, colorful feathers and amazing camouflage, dangerous creatures and friendly pests, chirps, squeaks and roars.

The Wildlife Within Reach CORE introduces the animal kingdom and its ecology in its natural habitat.

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Heritage COREs

10. First Nations (Heritage)

Rich traditions, a rhythm with the land, the legacy of ancient civilizations and the aspirations of a modern people.

The First Nations CORE showcases the lives and spirit of the first inhabitants of the present-day United States.

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11. Conflicts and Struggles (Heritage)

Pain and sorrow, loss and destruction, strength, rebirth and a rededication to a better future.

The Conflicts and Struggles CORE introduces people in conflict with one another and with the forces of nature.

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12. Creative Expressions (Heritage)

Color and detail, line, form, texture, taste and sound, the richness, harmony and beauty of life.

The Creative Expressions CORE captures the inspiration to strive for art and design by moving from the ordinary to the extraordinary through thought and action.

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13. American Experience (Heritage)

The Fourth of July, hopeful immigrants, small town main streets, industry, innovation, people, movements and organizations.

The American Experience CORE showcases the national movements and shared aspirations of our nation from the first inhabitants to the present day.

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14. The Working Landscape (Heritage)

People toiling, smokestacks reaching to the sky and mines reaching to the core, fishing villages, factories and farms.

The Working Landscape CORE explores our dependence on the landscape for sustenance and our exploitation of the landscape for wealth.

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15. Urban Excitement (Heritage)

Glistening towers of steel, sweeping motorways, bustling crowds, color, light, speed and energy.

The Urban Excitement CORE showcases our larger cities and communities.

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16. Nation Building (Heritage)

Territory and authority, expansion, planned cities and a national grid to organize settlement, westward wagons, people, treaties and possibilities.

The Nation Building CORE explores the people, politics and decisions that define what we today know as the United States of America.

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17. The Agrarian Landscape (Heritage)

Rolling hills, lush pastures, endless fields, white-washed villages, tractors, silos, grain elevators, pineapples and peppers, cows, collectives and ranch hands.

The Agrarian Landscape CORE represents the productive countryside, livelihoods from farm, ranch, forest, river and sea.

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18. The Auto Age (Heritage)

Fast cars, bright neon, motor courts, super highways and peaceful parkways, traffic, freedom and the open road.

The Auto Age CORE captures the innovation, energy and spirit of the motoring public.

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Updated: 09/03/2013
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