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October 31, 2012

Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan has Been Updated

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 new document provides a vision, along with goals and actions, in support of outdoor recreation endeavors throughout the state for the period 2013 through 2017 Towns, organizations, and recreationists are encouraged to refer to the plan when coordinating their activities with statewide priorities.

The draft SCORP is available for review at:

http://www.vtfpr.org/recreation/scorp/info.cfm

Or contact the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation for a printed copy. Any suggested changes, additions, corrections, etc. should be submitted to Ed O’Leary before November 30, 2012. In addition, a webinar will he held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:30 until 7:30 PM, at which time a quick review of the process which led up to the development of this draft SCORP will be presented, and the public will be provided the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

The webinar is scheduled to take place Wednesday November 14th from 6:30-7:30pm. Presenters include Ed O’Leary with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, as well as Lisa Chase and Walt Kuentzel of UVM. To access the webinar on November 14th, please follow the link above and follow the instructions to login to the webinar 10 minutes before it starts.

The draft document is a component of the National Park Service planning process known as “SCORP," which stands for Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Such a plan is a requirement for the state to receive Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) dollars. Since 1965 the LWCF, administered by the National Park Service, has provided Vermont communities and state agencies with more than 27 million dollars 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 Land and Water Conservation Fund. These projects include our public parks, town greens, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, skate parks, picnic areas, and playgrounds.

For more information about the draft Vermont SCORP, contact Ed O’Leary at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Ed.oleary@state.vt.us or 802-241-3683.

Source: Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
Last Updated at: October 31, 2012 10:13:30