The LWCF State Grant Training and Summit
NPS and SORP Recognize the State of Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Planning
The National Park Service and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) recently recognized the State of Wisconsin and its "Outdoor Recreation in Wisconsin" plan with the SCORP Excellence Award which recognizes a state's exceptional efforts in outdoor recreation planning. The Wisconsin planning effort and document exemplifies the spirit and intent of the LWCF Act that calls for planning for close-to-home outdoor recreation resources and opportunities.
This award was presented at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, sponsored by SORP and attended by professionals from across the United States and abroad.
According to the Wisconsin SCORP, the State "strives to align its goals with the Americ's Great Outdoors Initiative, while using AGO resources and assistance to conserve and restore unique land and waters and to connect its population to the great outdoors. The Wisconsin SCORP provides an extensive framework for merging state and federal visions."
Mr. Jeffrey Prey and Mr. Peter Biermeier of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources accepted the award on behalf of the State. To view the Wisconsin SCORP, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/planning/scorp/
A statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan (SCORP) is a statutory prerequisite for States and Territories to receive financial assistance under the
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
for purposes of establishing new and renovating existing close-to-home parks and outdoor recreation areas. For more information go to www.nps.gov/lwcf.
The NPS and SORP work in partnership to advance the quality of SCORPs by providing technical support and resources to
States and Territories related to outdoor recreation planning. For more information about SORP, go to www.recpro.org.
Welcome to the 2013 LWCF State Grant Training and Summit information website. The National Park Service will be conducting a nationwide LWCF State Grant Training April 7-12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
The training is aimed at all State staff engaged in the administration of the LWCF State Grant Program. The training will comprehensively cover critical guidance on LWCF law and policy plus required
program practices and procedures. As part of the training, a special half-day session designed for State Liaison Officers covering the LWCF fundamentals, authorities, and responsibilities will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2013.
Following the NPS training, on April 11th - 12th, the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO) and the National Association of State Parks Directors (NASPD) are hosting a day and half LWCF Summit and dialogue on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this pivotal act in 2015 and planning for the congressional reauthorization of LWCF. Any individual or organization interested in learning about the LWCF and engaging on its anniversary and reauthorization is welcome.
So please mark your calendar for April 7-12, 2013 and plan to join us in Denver, Colorado.
I look forward to seeing you!
Chief, State and Local Assistance Programs Division
"Throughout the history of the Land and Water Conservation Fund we have shown when the federal government, local government and states cooperate and partner we can create a synergy in outdoor recreation that meets the needs of the nation. We are at a precipice in the outdoor industry and we are facing many challenges. Everything from ensuring we connect kids and communities with nature to helping urban populations have improved access to parks. We need to come together to think and work strategically, equitably and passionately about how we can leave a legacy for generations to come. This Summit will be the catalyst venue for this process. Please join us in discussing the future of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act."