Press Release Details Five Year Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Released (Concord, NH – January 3, 2013) The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) has released the 2013-2018 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The State is required to produce a plan every five years to comply with National Park Service requirements to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant funding. “The SCORP is an excellent tool for the Division, other state agencies and local communities to use as a resource,” stated Phil Bryce, Director, New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. “A tremendous amount of work went into the development of this document through outreach to state agencies, local government, and the general public.” The 2013-2018 New Hampshire SCORP provides the outdoor recreation community with a proactive framework based on a strategic vision, current data, and public input, and offers recommended Priorities, Goals, and Actions. This framework is offered as a guide and resource to be used frequently by diverse recreation agencies, businesses, non-profits, and communities statewide to develop collaborative projects that will provide easily accessed and safe physical connections for outdoor recreation opportunities in every corner of the state. “OEP is pleased once again to partner with DRED on the SCORP,” Joanne Cassulo, Interim Director, Office of Energy and Planning. “The document highlights the value of outdoor recreation to the overall health of our communities and citizens and we look forward to supporting DRED on its implementation.” 2013 - 2018 NH SCORP (sections of complete plan) Table of Contents Acknowledgements Governor Lynch letter Commissioner Bald Letter Executive Overview Chapter 1 Trends Impacting Outdoor Recreation (1.9 MB) Chapter 2 Supply, Usage Patterns, and Expressed Demand (4.6 MB) Chapter 3 Priorities Chapter 4 Goals and Actions Chapter 5 Guiding Principles for Implementation (2.5 MB) Appendices: Appendix A: NH Listens: Statewide Community Conversations on Outdoor Recreation Appendix B: New Hampshire Recreation and Conservation Leaders Survey 2011 Appendix C: GIS Demographic and Resource Maps (9.1 MB) Appendix D: Open Project Selection Process Appendix E: List of Acronyms Appendix F: Plan References Appendix G: The Economic Value of New Hampshire Lakes, Rivers, Streams, and Ponds (Summary) Appendix H: Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge Stakeholder Survey (Executive Summary) (4 MB) Appendix I: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation – National Overview, Preliminary Findings (1.4 MB) Appendix J: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Wetland Program Plan 2011-2017 Appendix K: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund Program Report Appendix L: New Hampshire Fish & Game Wildlife Action Plan, Introduction (1.1 MB) The 2013-2018 SCORP documents can also be found on the NH Division of Parks and Recreation’s website, http://www.nhstateparks.org/who-we-are/division/reports.aspx.