2014-2018 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
Creating a Vibrant Future for Montana's Outdoor Recreation Heritage
The Montana Outdoor Recreation Plan, also known as the 2014-2018 Montana Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), is the state’s comprehensive plan for outdoor recreation and conservation management and planning. The document helps all levels of public land managers and private recreation providers meet needs pertaining to outdoor recreation. The 2014-2018 plan represents a collaborative effort between Montana’s diverse recreation providers, the tourism community, and residents; and provides a strategy to guide management of Montana’s outdoor recreation resources in a holistic and effective manner.
The purpose of the plan is to outline Montana’s five-year strategy and vision for outdoor recreation management. The plan:
- Identifies major outdoor recreation trends, needs, and issues of statewide importance, both at the state and regional level
- Evaluates the supply and demand of recreation facilities and resources
- Provides guidance to direct Montana’s stateside apportionment of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program
- Provides strategies, priorities, and actions for implementation to enhance recreation over the next five years
The SCORP is an update of the 2008-2012 plan, and was approved by the Governor and the National Park Service at the end of 2013. The plan provides guidance for the next five years through 2018.
For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program, visit our LWCF Recreation Grants page.
Montana 2014-2018 Outdoor Recreation Plan
A Collaborative Process
This planning process places a strong emphasis on public participation in the development of Montana’s outdoor recreation plan. Montana State Parks staff worked closely with fellow state agencies, local government representatives, federal recreation management partners, and non-governmental organizations to gather input and develop materials at key milestones throughout the process.
A SCORP advisory committee was established to help guide this process, and included members representing Montana State Parks, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Trails, Recreation and Parks Association, Montana Office of Tourism, U.S. Forest Service, National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and University of Montana, as well as local city and county officials.
Public involvement in the process was vitally important to reflect the values and concerns of Montana residents, and to make the plan easy to use. Montana State Parks partnered with the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research to conduct a public use survey in fall 2012. The results helped identify recreation usage, demand, and key priorities from Montana residents.
For more information about the Montana outdoor recreation plan, contact:
- Maren Murphy
- Parks & Recreation Planner