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.
|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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