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Contact(s): John Pohlman, planner, 608-264-6263
April 16, 2019

MADISON - A plan to guide outdoor recreation in Wisconsin over the next five years is now available. The Department of Natural Resources finalized the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and submitted it to the National Park Service for approval. The SCORP covers the period from 2019 to 2023 and provides updated information on Wisconsinites' participation in outdoor recreation, existing opportunities, and future needs. The plan was developed with the assistance of an advisory team comprised of a diversity of representatives.

The plan lays out the current supply and demand for recreation and identifies a series of issues that influence future recreation participation as well as a set of gaps and needs. A brief discussion of the economic, health and social benefits of outdoor recreation in the state is provided. The plan concludes with five broad goals and associated actions for the future. The plan provides guidance to public outdoor recreation policy and planning decisions and is used in allocating recreation-related grants administered by the department, including money from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The plan and appendices are available by searching the DNR website,, for keyword "SCORP."

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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