DENVER—Colorado State Parks announces the release of the draft 2008 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for public review and comment.
Colorado’s SCORP provides a critical five-year planning framework for addressing key outdoor recreation needs and issues through 2013. The SCORP was developed in collaboration with a diverse 33-member steering committee, after 18 months of analysis, data gathering and stakeholder input. It serves as the principal guide for statewide outdoor recreation planning.
The main goal of the 2008-2012 SCORP is to identify outdoor recreation trends, needs, and issues for Colorado, as well as to provide a strategic plan to help address priority issues. The SCORP must also evaluate the demand for and supply of outdoor recreation resources and facilities statewide.
Besides being an assessment of Colorado’s recreation and tourism trends, the SCORP is a requirement to remain eligible for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) appropriations. Since 1965, almost 60,000 acres of Colorado land have been protected through LWCF grants—totaling $59 million.
The entire document and maps are accessible at: http://parks.state.co.us/Trails/LWCF/SCORPplan/
The public is encouraged to provide comments and suggestions via phone or e-mail by July 28 to either Scott Babcock, (303) 866-3203 ext. 4306, Scott.Babcock@state.co.us or Wendy Newman, (719) 302-3758, Wendy.Newman@yahoo.com.