Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How About Some Geotourism along the Arroyo Seco?

What is geotourism and how is it different from ecotourism?

According to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, geotourism goes beyond ecotourism because its goal is to sustain and enhance the geographic character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well being of its residents.

The Conservancy, in a public-private partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Sierra Business Council, has undertaken The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project, which seeks to celebrate the Sierra Nevada as a world‐class destination, while contributing to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism.

History buffs and adventurers, backpackers and foodies, birders and sightseers can discover unique destinations based on recommendations from those who know best — residents of the Sierra Nevada.

Nominations for three regions have been completed and this week marks the kick-off for nominations for the Southern Sierra Nevada, which includes my beloved Kern River. This video tells more about the mapping nomination process:

Why am I blogging about the Siera Nevada when my focus is on the Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles Rivers? First, because many Southern Calfornians visit and enjoy the Sierra Nevadas regularly, so why not suggest your favorite places?

You can make your nominations here:

Just as importantly, I'm wondering why don't we have our own Arroyo Seco and Los Angeles River Watershed Geotourism Project? What do you think? How do we set one up? How do we let Southern California visitors know that we have terrific natural wonders and unique local character(s) to behold?

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