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At the 2024 National Outdoor Recreation Conference (NORC) SORP announced the 2024 National Recreation Resource Leadership, Project Excellence and Individual Service award winners. The National Recreation Resource Leadership Awardis selected by the SORP Board of Directors to recognize an individual or organization whose career path has had a significant national impact on outdoor recreation and the outdoor recreation profession. The 2024 National Recreation Resource Leadership Award was presented to Deb Haaland, United States Secretary of the Interior. The 2024 Project Excellence and Individual Service Awards, recognizes outstanding contributions to the ...
On December 4, 2023 the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) and Outdoor Recreation Design Lab hosted our second Inclusive Spaces Audit Workshop. Funded by a grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) , the workshop focused on empowering outdoor recreation providers to make their spaces more inclusive and accessible to a broader range of users. Hosted at Staunton State Park in Pine, Colorado, our second edition of the workshop was expanded from a half-day format to a full day to incorporate time for understanding key concepts and pre-field observations. Participants were required to submit a short application to attend the ...
On September 7, 2023,, the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals' Executive Director, Rachel Franchina, participated in a workshop about solutions and actions for implementing the BLM's Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation . The workshop was hosted by the BLM's new Congressionally-designated foundation, the Foundation for America's Public Lands . Outdoor recreation is a key focus area for the Foundation and they are committed to supporting the BLM and partners in transforming how people experience outdoor recreation on BLM-managed public lands. The workshop included a mix of presentations and breakout group discussions. BLM and Foundation ...