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Nevadans encouraged to participate in outdoor recreation survey

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 00:30:08-05

Right now, all Nevadans have the opportunity to weigh in on key topics like these to help shape the future of outdoor recreation in their neighborhoods, communities, and Nevada-wide.

The Nevada Division of Outdoor Recreation and the Nevada Division of State Parks announced the release of a survey to gather input from the public for the 2022-2026 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which will help guide the Silver State’s outdoor recreation future.

The SCORP survey is available online now through March 31.

When complete, Nevada’s 2022-2026 SCORP will:

  • Help prioritize the award of federal funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the state and local communities for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas
  • Analyze state and national outdoor recreation trends and economic impacts
  • Inventory outdoor recreation resources across the state and identify gaps
  • Develop a vision for improving outdoor recreation opportunities.

"The point of the survey is to get the input so then we can prioritize how we spend the money. And so, that’s why it’s important for people to give their opinion, because if they say, 'we want to see a new trail somewhere or some other facility,' they really need to let us know, because if they don’t, then we won’t think that’s a priority for people," said Janice Keillor, deputy administrator for the Nevada State Parks.

Every five years, Nevada is required to develop and submit an updated SCORP to receive federal dollars from LWCF, which was fully funded through the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in late 2020. Since 1964, Nevada has received over $50 million from LWCF to complete more than 360 outdoor recreation projects across the State.

Now, through GAOA, Nevada will receive over $3.8 million in annual LWCF funding – approximately $1 million more than in previous years – to help fund Nevada-wide outdoor recreation facilities.

For questions or comments regarding the SCORP or the survey, please email scorp@dcnr.nv.gov.