Alaska’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2023-2027

Outdoor recreation is vital to the lives and livelihoods of Alaskans. The state’s stunning wild landscapes, vast expanses of public land, productive ecosystems, vital cultural traditions, and four seasons of outdoor adventure position Alaska to be a world leader in outdoor recreation.

by Alaska State Parks

The Alaska Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) 2023-2027 serves as a comprehensive framework for the next five years of Alaska’s outdoor recreation development and planning. The update comes at a pivotal time for outdoor recreation in Alaska. Experiencing life outdoors is becoming increasingly popular, and resilient strategies are crucial to guide this next phase of growth.

This document reflects input from leaders in the field of outdoor recreation and presents goals and objectives to enhance life outdoors in Alaska. Alaska’s public agencies, private sector businesses, non-profits, Alaska Native and tribal organizations, and recreation user groups will be able to reference this document as they work together to advance statewide goals.

The SCORP update is an eligibility requirement for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant program. The LWCF provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and infrastructure. Additionally, the SCORP provides guidance for the project selection process for another federal funding program, the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). In each SCORP update, the state should evaluate the demand and supply of public outdoor recreation resources, document emerging trends shaping future public recreation facility needs, identify top public recreation priorities for the state (or by regions), and provide opportunities for ample public participation.

What makes this SCORP unprecedented is the transformative vision to move beyond simply meeting federal funding requirements. First and foremost, this update aims to redefine “outdoor recreation” in Alaska to include not only typical outdoor pursuits but also the subsistence lifestyle critical to sustaining the physical lifestyle and spiritual culture of Alaska’s diverse peoples. This broadening of scope includes new partnerships, data and analytic tools, and statewide goals. The SCORP presents a new foundation for development, investment, and a generation of benefits for outdoor recreation at multiple scales.

Attached document published December 2022

About the Author

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people.

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