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Review CT’s 2017-2022 Outdoor Recreation Plan

Don’t miss your opportunity to provide your input to Connecticut’s DRAFT Outdoor Recreation Plan (a.k.a. SCORP). SCORP is updated every 5 years by the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the public comment period for the 2017-2022 SCORP is only open until December 28th.

Extensive surveys of the general public, avid outdoor enthusiasts, and town leaders were incorporated into this DRAFT SCORP to get input on Connecticut’s supply of outdoor recreation opportunities as well as the needs for more. The last time DEEP conducted intensive surveys on outdoor recreation as part of SCORP was in 2005, so it’s interesting to see what has changed or stayed constant over time.

DEEP puts forward 4 primary goals in the DRAFT SCORP:

  • Protect, conserve, and manage Connecticut’s natural, cultural, and historical resources as they support outdoor recreation.
  • Provide clean, safe, well-maintained outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
  • Ensure that all residents and visitors can locate and access all outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through increased participation in outdoor recreation.

You can provide your comment(s) before December 28th via email to deep.scorp@ct.gov, or via mail to DEEP SCORP c/o Doug Jann, Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Here’s a link to the full CT DEEP press release requesting your input.

Thank you for staying active on behalf of your forests, parks, and trails in Connecticut, and for your ongoing support of CFPA!

p.s. For your reference, here are the comments that CFPA submitted to DEEP on the Draft SCORP Report.