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Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
P.O. Box 221
Marienville, PA 16239
P: 814-927-8212
F: 814-927-6659
Brenda@RecPro.org

SORP Reports

Adapting the Landmark 1965 LWCF to Meet the Outdoor Recreation Needs of All Americans for the Next 50 Years

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
This position paper prepared by the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals is the third in a series targeting the question of how to strengthen the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCF) to best meet the outdoor recreation needs of all Americans for the next 50 years.

50th Anniversary LWCF Commemorative Cooperative Letter to Secretary Jewell (July 2013)
National LWCF Conversation Comment Compilation (July 2013)
LWCF 2015 Presentation (Traverse City, MI, May 2013)
LWCF 2015 Handout (Traverse City, MI, May 2013)
LWCF Summit Historical Presentation (Denver, CO, April 2013)
LWCF Summit Handout (Denver, CO, April 2013)
LWCF: Overview, Funding History, and Current Issues (2006)
Land and Water Conservation Fund Act - as amended through 1996

Recommendations for How to Improve the Quality and Utility of SCORP Plans

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
Association Name Change Process, 2011-12

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.

NARRP Name Change Discussion Paper (2011)

The board shared the Discussion Paper with the membership and interested colleagues to get feedback. The survey conducted in December 2011 was completed by 79 people. Survey 1 results.  A second survey conducted in March 2012 was completed by 141 people. Survey 2 results.

NARRP Name Change Background Paper (2012)

2011 Member Survey Results

This membership survey sought feedback from association members on the value of membership benefits and asked for suggestions on new or expanded services.

Summary Report
  
Survey Results

Reframing the Role and Relevancy of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans

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.

Compilation of feedback received on this report
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Reframing the Role and Relevancy of Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plans Position Paper (2011)

Support for the Great Outdoors America

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".

Support for the Great Outdoors America Position Paper (2009)

National Salary Study of Outdoor Recreation Planners

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.

National Salary Study of Outdoor Recreation Planners (2009)

Principles of Recreation Resource Planning

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.  

Principles of Recreation Resource Planning (2009)