VERMONT OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN
A comprehensive plan for outdoor recreation in each state is a requirement for receiving support from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The National Parks Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior administers the LWCF. The National Parks Service’s term for this planning process is known as the SCORP, which stands for Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Since 1965, the LWCF has provided Vermont communities and state agencies with tens of millions of dollars toward acquisition, conservation, and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities. More than 600 separate recreation projects, such as bike paths, parks, and playgrounds, have been undertaken in more than 100 Vermont communities. As part of the planning process, Vermont periodically evaluates the quality and need for outdoor recreation and seeks public opinion regarding recreational opportunities throughout the state.
The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan, also referred to as the SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan), provides the following:
- A vision, along with goals and actions, in support of outdoor recreation endeavors throughout the state in five-year increments;
- Reference materials for towns, organizations, and recreationists to use when coordinating their activities with statewide priorities, per requirements of some programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF);
- Vermont Trails and Greenways Plan as one chapter; and
- Vermont Wetlands Conservation Strategy.
Updating the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Plan
The State of Vermont has been working to complete Vermont's SCORP update.In collaboration with the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, and a draft 2013-2017 SCORP was completed in October 2012.
Most Recent Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2005-2009
The scope of a statewide recreation plan is quite large, so it is not intended to be read from cover to cover. It provides guidance for outdoor recreation in Vermont for the next five years and serves as a reference document. Feel free to download the entirety of the plan below, or, to browse specific sections of the plan, head over to our SCORP Information Page.