The 2014 Colorado Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the blueprint for sustaining Colorado's outdoors heritage for current and future generations, is being released for public comment.
Outdoor recreation defines the quality of life in Colorado and is a significant factor in the state's economy. Studies conducted as part of the 2014 SCORP estimate that outdoor recreation in Colorado contributes more than $34.5 billion in economic activity, creates 313,000 jobs and generates $4.9 million in local, state and federal taxes annually. There are nearly 30 million acres of publicly owned land in Colorado, with a majority of these lands open to outdoor recreation pursuits. Surveys conducted as part of the SCORP indicate that 90 percent of Coloradans participated in some form of outdoor recreation in Colorado over the past year.
"Building on the nationally-acclaimed 2008 SCORP, the 2014 SCORP aims to guide outdoor recreation providers, decision-makers, and stakeholders in recreation management and policy decisions over the next five years," said Brian Kurzel, Policy and Planning Supervisor for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The 2014 SCORP identifies five statewide outdoor recreation priority areas where attention and energy should be focused: Outdoor Education, Funding and Financial Sustainability, Healthy Lifestyles and Communities, Integration of Outdoor Recreation Interests, and Stewardship. Recommended actions are identified for each priority area to provide guidance for outdoor recreation stakeholders.
The full 2014 SCORP can be found online at coloradoscorp.org. The public is encouraged to review and provide feedback on the SCORP by Feb. 14 via email at email@example.com or phone at 303-869-1350.
The Colorado SCORP will also help determine priorities for allocating the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants administered by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife trails program. Since 1965, over 60,000 acres in Colorado have been secured for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes through an estimated $60.5 million in LWCF grants. The SCORP is the five-year planning document that each state is required to develop to remain eligible for LWCF appropriations.