Minnesota Scenic Byways Commission
The Minnesota Scenic Byways Program was established by a 1992 Memorandum of Understanding (pdf 254 KB, 6pp) between the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Office of Tourism. The four commission members represent each of the four agencies. The Commission determines program direction and evaluates National Scenic Byways Program Discretionary Grant applications.
“The Minnesota Scenic Byways Program is designed to establish partnerships with communities, organizations and government agencies to match resources with grassroots marketing and economic development efforts. The program exists to:
- Identify highway routes of exceptional interest
- Promote travel and recreation on those routes
- Enhance and provide stewardship for the features that distinguish those routes.
Frank Pafko, Minnesota Department of Transportation
John Edman, Explore Minnesota Tourism
Joel Stedman, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Jim Pederson, Minnesota Historical Society