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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The first round of SCORP planning meetings are scheduled to begin in April 2021, with an actual date and time to be determined.

First Meeting Agenda
Letter to Group Members
Statewide Advisory Group Members 2021

Summary of Documents to Browse

The Alaska Trails Initiative (Full Website)
Alaska has only just begun to take full advantage of our State's phenomenal outdoor recreation resources. The Alaska Trails Initiative is a coalition of trails organizations from around the state collaborating with leaders in government, business, the health industry, and the non-profit sector to invest more in the trails we love. People and communities across Alaska recognize that outdoor recreation supports health, contributes to a high quality of life and--perhaps most importantly-- drives spending that supports business, creates jobs and generates tax revenue that pays for schools and other public services. Investing in outdoor infrastructure attracts employers, residents, retirees, and skilled workforce, ensuring those communities thrive economically and socially. More than one job in ten in Alaska is tied to tourism and outdoor recreation spending. Smart investments could further grow this dynamic sector; good planning can make sure we grow while maintaining the quality of our natural settings and communities.

Alaska's Economic Development Strategy (CED'S) (Full Document)
Northern Opportunity: Alaska's Economic Strategy is a five-year (2017-2022) economic development plan for Alaska. Driven by the need to improve the resiliency of the state's economy and intentionally lay a foundation for future growth, this plan follows the U.S. Economic Development Administration's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) framework. This is the first statewide CEDS developed for Alaska.

The decline in global oil prices in 2014-2015 made clear the need for a coordinated statewide economic development strategy, as Alaska's economy has seen significant contraction. Employment in oil and gas extraction, construction, business services, state government, and others have seen sharp declines. At the same time, a thriving entrepreneurship scene as well as healthy seafood, visitor, mining, and health care sectors provide a basis for optimism. The state's abundant natural resources and recent oil discoveries also point to opportunities for growth. As such, this plan comes together in the spirit of optimism, to capitalize on strengths, as well as to mitigate challenges to economic resilience.

Regional Facilitators

Region Name Organization Position
Southeast Michele Elfers Juneau Parks & Recreation Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation
Southeast - 2 Kate Thomas Wrangell Parks & Recreation Director of Parks and Recreation
South Central - Anchorage Chris Beck / Mariyam Medovaya Alaska Trails Alaska Trails Initiative Staff
South Central - Mat-Su Wes Hoskins Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation Executive Director
South Central - Kenai Jessica Szelag Kenai Mountains Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KMTA) Executive Director
Interior Bryan Wright Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation Department Trails Coordinator
South Interior Clay Walker & Mindy Eggleston Denali Borough & Delta Junction Trails Association Mayor & Chair


2016 - 2021 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has published the 2016 - 2021 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). The SCORP is updated periodically to maintain statewide eligibility for grant assistance through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The SCORP measures both the supply of, and demand for public outdoor recreation resources throughout Alaska. These evaluations help to establish funding priorities for LWCF grants through the next five years.

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Alaska's SCORP 2016 Document in PDF

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907