NC Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

— Written By Shawn Senter
Please see flyer here.
On behalf the State, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation is in the process of developing NC’s next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-2018 (SCORP). The SCORP is a five-year plan required by the National Park Service for NC to be eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) annual assistance in providing matching grants to state agencies and local governments for land acquisition and the development of public outdoor recreation facilities. 
Recreation Resources Service (RRS), a partnership between the NC Division of Parks and Recreation and the NC State Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, is assisting the state with the SCORP update. RRS employs four regional consultants who have worked with county extension centers in a number of ways related to developing parks and programs in rural areas of the state. 
I believe the 2014-2018 SCORP will provide North Carolina Cooperative Extension with some excellent information/data on trends and public wants concerning recreation over the next 5 years in NC. This information will be valuable to extension agents providing health and nutrition education, programs to stimulate physical activity, as well as community programs. We will be glad to share this information.
One component of the SCORP is a public information survey. This survey currently lives on NC Parks’ website is open to anyone in NC. Our goal is to have at least 5,000 responses to the survey. To assist in notifying the public of the availability of the survey, NCDENR has sent out a statewide press release (attached) and numerous local partners will be posting information on their websites encouraging their user groups to participate in the survey and where to find it. 
Jennifer Beedle
​​Recreation Resources Service
Box 8004, 3024D Biltmore Hall
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
voice: 919.513.3937
fax: 919.513.4531