The National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) recently recognized the State of Wisconsin and its “Outdoor Recreation in Wisconsin” plan with the SCORP Excellence Award which recognizes a state’s exceptional efforts in outdoor recreation planning. The Wisconsin planning effort and document exemplifies the spirit and intent of the LWCF Act that calls for planning for close-to-home outdoor recreation resources and opportunities. This award was presented at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, sponsored by SORP and attended by professionals from across the United States and abroad.
According to the Wisconsin SCORP, the State “strives to align its goals with the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, while using AGO resources and assistance to conserve and restore unique land and waters and to connect its population to the great outdoors. The Wisconsin SCORP provides an extensive framework for merging state and federal visions.”
Mr. Jeffrey Prey and Mr. Peter Biermeier of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources accepted the award on behalf of the State. To view the Wisconsin SCORP, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/planning/scorp/
A statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan (SCORP) is a statutory prerequisite for States and Territories to receive financial assistance under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for purposes of establishing new and renovating existing close-to-home parks and outdoor recreation areas. For more information go to www.nps.gov/lwcf. The NPS and SORP work in partnership to advance the quality of SCORPs by providing technical support and resources to States and Territories related to outdoor recreation planning. For more information about SORP, go to www.recpro.org