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2011-2016 Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Specific planning process components

A major goal of the proposed 2011-2016 Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is to identify essential and contemporary issues that affect the future of outdoor recreation in Wisconsin. The following six elements outline the planning process to be used in the 2011-2016 SCORP.

A. Goals and objectives in outdoor recreation planning

Goals and objective setting will be accomplished through the formation of an external SCORP Advisory Panel and internal working groups. As an extension of the methods used in the previous SCORP, development of outdoor recreation goals and objectives will be a central focus of the graduate student work products from the University of Wisconsin –Madison Planning Workshop (URPL 912). In addition, these graduate students and the faculty instructor will work to match goals and objectives with the ongoing applied research on outdoor recreation demand (B), supply (C) and use interaction (D). As this is a central process element of the SCORP, close coordination between the SCORP Advisory Panel, internal working groups and the Graduate Planning Workshop will be the shared responsibility of the Applied Research Team (DNR and UW-Madison).

B. Demand for outdoor recreation in Wisconsin

Outdoor recreation demand will be assessed using procedures developed by the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) coordinated by the USDA Forest Service, Recreation, Wilderness and Demographics Trends Research Group, Athens, GA. The NSRE represents the continuation of an ongoing National Recreation Survey (NRS) series that will extend recreation demand survey work from the previous SCORP (WDNR 2006, Chapter 2 and Appendix C). This outdoor recreation demand data, for Wisconsin, will be aggregated to the state level along with an urban-rural continuum to match the outdoor recreation supply assessment (C,D). Analysis of this demand data will improve on previous work by developing important spatial priority inferences for outdoor recreation scarcity and surplus in the varied landscapes found throughout Wisconsin.

C. Outdoor recreation, health and wellness: Understanding and enhancing the relationship

The organizations that manage outdoor recreation opportunities should plan, manage, lead and evaluate for health benefits. This action will correlate outdoor recreation facilities to Wisconsin county health ratings and selected demographic variables. The outcome of this correlation will identify potential gaps of recreational facilities in relationship to health indicators of a particular county. Existing 2005-2010 SCORP outdoor recreational facility data will be used to match against county health data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The desired outcome of this work will be to identify and target specific counties for increased health benefits from outdoor recreation providers.

D. The evaluation of urban park and greenway open spaces

Incorporating outdoor recreation into city dwellers’ daily routines should be a priority strategy. Use of local parks and recreation services is much more frequent than visits to national parks and may therefore have more health benefits. Proximity to local parks, playgrounds and other outdoor recreation resources is a critical variable for participating in outdoor physical activities. The 2005-2010 SCORP captured supply elements from 1,800 units of government across Wisconsin. This action will use this existing data set to evaluate urban park lands and greenway open spaces. These urban areas will be segmented into similar population size groupings to allow for better comparisons. A regional location quotient metric will be used to compare urban park lands and greenway open spaces to identify shortages within these urban areas.

E. Connecting urban and rural populations to open space lands for recreation and conservation

An interconnected network of open space across the landscape supports healthy ecosystems and a high quality of life. This action will outline priorities to help the state be a more effective partner in open space conservation. The strategy provides a framework to focus existing and new state actions for open space conservation. It would provide guidance for managers to fully utilize resources and skills from all parts and levels of the state to improve coordination. The strategy will identify collaborative approaches and partnerships that support open space and conservation programs.

F. Wetlands planning summary

In 2008, the DNR's Division of Water developed a Wisconsin plan for protecting and restoring wetlands. This document meets the requirements of Section 303 of the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1986. A SCORP chapter will summarize the findings of the current Wisconsin Strategy with reference to outdoor recreation use.

Last revised: Thursday May 16 2013