Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan has been Updated – Comments Wanted!

Input Sought on Updated Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation seeks public comment on updates to the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan, 2005-2009, which has expired. The document is a component of the National Park Service (NPS) planning process known as “SCORP,” which stands for Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.  The new document provides a vision, goals and actions in support of outdoor recreation endeavors throughout the state for 2013 through 2017. The draft SCORP is available for review at http://www.vtfpr.org/recreation/scorp/info.cfm, or contact the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation for a printed copy.  Any suggested changes, additions, or corrections should be submitted to Ed O’Leary at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (Ed.oleary@state.vt.us; 802-241-3683) before November 30, 2012.  Ed will also answer any questions you have about the plan.  In addition, a webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 14th from 6:30-7:30 p.m., which will include a review of the plan development process. Please follow the link above and follow the instructions to login to the webinar 10 minutes before it starts.  The public will be provided with an opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

This SCORP is required for the state to receive Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars. Applicants to the LWCF will be asked to refer to the SCORP in their proposals.  Since 1965 the LWCF, administered by the NPS, has provided Vermont communities and state agencies with more than $27 million towards acquisition, conservation, and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Hundreds of recreational facilities have been developed in Vermont through more than 500 projects of the LWCF. These projects include public parks, town greens, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

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