How can we strengthen the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Fund Act to meet the outdoor recreation needs of all Americans for the next 50 years? This was the question the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals challenged itself to answer in anticipation of the Act’s 50th anniversary.
SORP engaged professionals over the course of five national conferences, reviewed the recommendations of the 1962 Outdoor Recreation Resource Review Commission (ORRRC) report, participated in the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, solicited stakeholder comments through the internet-based National LWCF Conversation, and conducted numerous interviews.
Adapting the Landmark 1965 LWCF Position Paper
50th Anniversary LWCF Commemorative Cooperative Letter to Secretary Jewell (July 2013)
The following recommendations were collected from a SCORP session at the 2012 NARRP Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The session was hosted by Domenic Bravo (NASORLO) and Glenn Haas (NARRP). It began with a discussion of the twelve recommendations developed by NARRP and submitted to the Secretary of the Interior in September, 2011. Towards the end of the session, each person was provided five “stars” to place next to the recommendations most important to them. The recommendations are ordered from those receiving the most votes (i.e., most desirable) to the recommendation with the least votes.SCORP Recommendation Summary from the 2012 Conference
In 2012, the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) changed their name to the Society of Outdoor Recreation professionals in recognition that we has become more than just planners. The following reports document that process and provide background on the deliberations.
The report presents12 recommendations that would reposition the role, relevancy and utility of SCORPs to benefit local, state and federal agencies, as well as communities, special interest groups, and the outdoor recreation and tourism industry. The hope is that this position paper will serve to focus attention and dialogue on the increasing importance of statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation (and resource) planning as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The paper outlined strategies in three areas, Establishment of Inter-Departmental National Leadership, Repositioning the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program, and Reframing the Role and Relevancy of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Planning. Federal Parks and Recreation News called it a "major paper".
This project focused on reported compensation of outdoor recreation planners in the United States in 2008, encompassing professionals employed by federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector. Authorized by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners, this study was conducted by the ad-hoc Salary Study Committee.
These principles were developed by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners, with input solicited from more than 1000 recreation planning professionals, and approved by the Board for distribution in April 2009.