The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is inviting public comment on the statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan for 2023 through 2027, which begins November 1 and runs through November 28.
SCORP is a funding and development guide for all public outdoor recreation activities in Alaska and enables Alaska to qualify for millions of dollars in federal land and water conservation funds. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the guide is rewritten every five years.
“The purpose of public comments is … to see if the plan adequately addresses challenges, issues (and) opportunities for all recreational activities in the state,” said Mariym Metovaya, the project manager for the recreational plan.
“We want to see if the plan works,” Metovaya continued.
Metovaya also noted that the public comment period “will see if there are any inconsistencies or things (that) need to be adjusted, maybe some corrections need to be made, maybe some typos, … basically incorrect information that needs to be changed.”
The public will have the opportunity to read through the five-chapter plan, ranging in length from 10 to 60 pages, and answer various short-answer and multiple-choice poll-style questions after each chapter.
Topics to be addressed in the 2023-2027 SCORP plan include the leisure economy and outdoor workforce, health and well-being, responsibility and conservation, and quality of life, according to the DNR press release.
“The plan was developed with extensive research and input from statewide advisory groups and local, state, federal, Alaskan Native and private land managers,” the release said. “The data presented includes surveys of outdoor recreation priorities from the general public, land managers and tribal governments. Also included is data on outdoor recreation trends statewide.”
The plan is due at the National Parks Service on December 31 and will become effective in January 2023.