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2008-2012 Oregon SCORP
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“Outdoor Recreation in Oregon: The Changing Face of the Future”
The current Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for Oregon was completed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and accepted by the National Park Service (NPS) in January 2008.
Final SCORP Report [ PDF  2.4 MB, 246 pages ]
Final SCORP report by sections
Each section listed below is a dowloadable PDF document, and opens in a new browswer window.
Cover [ PDF 67 KB ]
  • Forward
  • Acknowledgements
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
Executive Summary [ PDF 180 KB ]
Chapter One: Introduction [ PDF 75 KB ]
Chapter Two: A Rapidly Aging Oregon Population [ PDF 273 KB ]
  • Issue Introduction: A Rapidly Aging Oregon Population
  • Research Project: Outdoor Recreation and an Aging Oregon Population 
  • Key Planning Recommendations for a Rapidly Aging Oregon Population
Chapter Three: Fewer Oregon Youth Learning Outdoor Skills [ PDF 266 KB ]
  • Issue Introduction: Fewer Oregon Youth Learning Outdoor Skills
  • Research Project: Encouraging Youth Outdoor Recreation Participation in Oregon
  • Key Planning Recommendations for Fewer Oregon Youth Learning Outdoor Skills
Chapter Four: An Increasingly Diverse Oregon Population [ PDF 261 KB ]
  • Issue Introduction: An Increasingly Diverse Oregon Population
  • Research Project: A Growing Minority Population and Outdoor Recreation in Oregon
  • Key Planning Recommendations for an Increasingly Diverse Oregon Population
Chapter Five: Oregon's Physical Activity Crisis [ PDF 668 KB ]
  • Issue Introduction: Oregon’s Physical Activity Crisis
  • Research Project: Health &Rec. Linkages in Oregon: Physical Activity, Overweight & Obesity
  • Key Planning Recommendations for Addressing Oregon’s Physical Activity Crisis

Appendix A: Oregon Demographic and Social Trend Analysis [ PDF 435 KB ]

Appendix B: Oregon Wetlands Priority Plan [ PDF 69 KB ]

Appendix C: Recreation Provider Roles [ PDF 87 KB ]

Appendix D: Oregon Administrative Rules [ PDF 93 KB ] 

Two Pics 
Outdoor Recreation and an Aging Oregon Population
With the baby boomer generation fast approaching an age where leisure activities will increase and retirement migration will peak, the implications of increasing recreational participation on park and recreation and for future non-metropolitan migration and population growth are substantial. This research component will assess the effects on outdoor recreation of two related trends–baby boomers moving into retirement and migration to and within Oregon.
A statewide survey was conducted using a random sample Oregon residents born between 1946 through 1964 (boomers) and between 1926 and 1945 (pre boomers), with names and addresses based on DMV records. A total of 4,562 surveys were mailed, with 1,219 returned. Adjusting for undeliverables, there was a 31% response rate.
Click on the links below to review/print a copy of the document listed:
Aging Survey Instrument
Executive Summary Report
Outdoor Recreation and an Aging Oregon Population
Aging Migration Report
Aging Migration Executive Summary

Encouraging Youth Outdoor Recreation in Oregon
Analysis of past SCORP results indicates that participation in traditional outdoor recreation activities is decreasing, and this may be due to decreasing youth participation.  Anecdotal information and recent analysis indicate that youth participation in outdoor activities is decreasing because of several factors including increased urbanization, loss of free time, increase in single-parent family households, and greater focus on electronic activities (TV, video games, and internet).  Research has shown that people who do not participate in outdoor recreation as youth are less likely to participate in those activities as adults (with implications also for the next generation).  An investment in stimulating youth participation now may be critical for achieving positive conservation attitudes in the future, and ultimately for maintaining support for agencies that manage natural areas.  This project will involve several research methods designed to identify factors that limit youth participation and opportunities for overcoming them.
Click on the links below to review/print a copy of the document listed:
Parent Survey Instrument
Youth Survey Instrument
Youth Survey Executive Summary
Youth Survey Report
Youth Focus Group Interview Report

A Growing Minority Population and Outdoor Recreation Participation in Oregon
People of color are transforming Oregon much faster that expected, arriving in larger numbers and settling in areas throughout the state. In general, minorities are less likely than whites to participate in outdoor recreation in the U.S. Minorities forgo the health, social, and other benefits of outdoor recreation, while natural areas, and the agencies that manage them, lose a potentially important group of supporters. Lower participation rates amongst minorities will become even more important in the future with the growth of the minority populations. This project will identify the factors limiting minority participation in Oregon and identify opportunities to increase this participation.
Click on the links below to review/print a copy of the document listed:
Diversity Survey Instrument
Diversity Survey Executive Summary
Diversity Survey Report
Diversity Focus Group Report

Health and Recreation Linkages in Oregon
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) rates of physical inactivity and obesity in the U.S. have reached epidemic proportions. Overweight and obesity are associated with increases in several chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers. In addition, overweight and obesity impose substantial costs on the United States’ health care system. Wolf (2001) estimated the total cost of obesity to be $117 billion in 2000.
A Healthy Oregon: The Statewide Physical Activity Plan, published in 2003 by the Oregon Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, points out that the current epidemic of obesity in the U.S. has hit Oregon particularly hard. At 22%, our state has the highest percentage of adult obesity of any state west of the Rockies. Add that to the 38% of Oregon adults who are overweight and we have the startling total of 60% of Oregon adults not at a healthy weight. Our youth follow closely behind, with 28% of eight graders and 21% of eleventh graders currently overweight.
This project will test the hypothesis that local populations in Oregon with ready access to locally-provided outdoor recreation opportunities are healthier than areas without access to such resources. This information about the health-related benefits of outdoor recreation is useful to managers and policymakers who are increasingly challenged to both describe the benefits resulting from recreation projects and to allocate their scarce resources to providing high-quality recreation opportunities in addition to other public services.
Click on the link below to review/print a copy of the document listed:
Health and Recreation Linkages Report