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For purposes of preparing your application, we have included a list of terms and their definitions.

Alternative Text Description
A replacement for an image, whenever the image cannot be seen. For example, Google's image search uses it to help return appropriate images. Alternative text isn't there to describe what the image looks like, in choosing a phrase to use for the alternative text, think about what the image expresses. Finally, a caption is not an alternative text description.
Corridor
The road or highway right-of-way and the adjacent area that is visible from and extending along the highway. The distance the corridor extends from the highway could vary with the different intrinsic qualities.
Corridor Management Plan
A written document that specifies the actions, procedures, controls, operational practices, and administrative strategies to maintain the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, and natural qualities of the scenic byway.
Federal Land Management Agency
The U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and their scenic byways programs.
Federal Land Management Agency Scenic Byway
A road or highway located on lands under Federal ownership which has been officially designated by the responsible Federal agency as a scenic byway for its scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or natural qualities.
Indian Tribe Scenic Byway
A road or highway that has been officially designated by the responsible Indian tribe through legislation or some other official declaration for its scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or natural qualities. An official declaration is an action taken by that of an individual, board, committee, or political subdivision acting with granted authority on behalf of the Indian tribe.
Intrinsic Quality
Scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or natural features that are considered representative, unique, irreplaceable, or distinctly characteristic of an area.
Local Commitment
Assurance provided by communities along the scenic byway that they will undertake actions, such as zoning and other protective measures, to preserve the scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, and natural integrity of the scenic byway and the adjacent area as identified in the corridor management plan.
National Significance (All-American Road)
Characteristics that are nationally significant; Explain and justify what is special, significant or unique about your byway in relation to the two (2) Intrinsic Qualities for which you are nominating the road (i. e., attributes your byway has that others may not possess and why they are nationally significant).
Regional Significance (National Scenic Byway)
Characteristics that are representative of a geographic area encompassing two or more States. Explain and justify what is special, significant or unique your byway in relation to the primary Intrinsic Quality for which you are nominating the road (i. e., attributes your byway has that others may not possess) and why it is regionally significant to a geographic area encompassing two (2) or more States. (Essentially how it compares to other roads in the region.)
Scenic Byways Agency
The Board, Commission, Bureau, Department, Office that has the responsibility for administering the State, Indian tribe or Federal land management agency's scenic byways program activities.
Scenic Byway
A public road having special scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, and/or natural qualities that have been recognized as such through legislation or some other official declaration. The terms “road” and “highway” are synonymous. They are not meant to define higher or lower functional classifications or wider or narrower cross-sections. Moreover, the terms State Scenic Byway, Indian Tribe Scenic Byway, Federal Land Management Agency Scenic Byway (U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs), National Scenic Byway, or All-American Road refer not only to the road or highway itself but also to the corridor through which it passes.
State Scenic Byway
A road or highway under State, Federal, or local ownership that has been designated by the State through legislation or some other official declaration for its scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or natural qualities. An Official Declaration is an action taken by a Governor or that of an individual, board, committee, or political subdivision acting with granted authority on behalf of the State.
Wayfinding
A succession of clues comprising visual, audible systems that allow travelers to find their way to and from a place. Wayfinding, or wayshowing, a term that is also used in the byway community, is really about communicating with your traveler at appropriate stages of the byway experience. It can take many forms, with technology playing an increasingly larger role. The America's Byways Resource Center website is a great source of information on wayfinding and wayshowing.
Updated: 09/03/2013
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