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Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan now available online

May 1, 2013

Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has posted a draft of the 2013-2017 statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan (SCORP) online. The document, entitled Ensuring Oregon's Outdoor Legacy, is available for public review and comment at http://tinyurl.com/cjeh3gu.

States are required to develop SCORPs to be eligible for matching grants from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund program. In addition to satisfying grant requirements, the plan's purpose is to guide recreation providers such as federal, state, and local units of government, as well as the private sector, in making policy and planning decisions.

The plan is also used to develop criteria for OPRD-administered grant programs and recommendations for state park system operations, administration, planning, and recreation programs.

Part of the SCORP planning process included conducting a statewide survey of Oregon residents last year to gauge their participation in outdoor recreation as well as their opinions about parks and recreation management.

OPRD will accept comments on the plan until May 31. Comments can be submitted on the website or by emailing scorp.comments@state.or.us. Written comments can be sent Attn: Terry Bergerson to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 725 Summer Street NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-127.

The SCORP plan is also available on CD; to request a copy, contact executive support specialist Lori Trump at 503-986-0730 or lori.trump@state.or.us.