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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Invites Public to Shape the Future of Outdoor Recreation

DENVER, COLORADO – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is calling on the public to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the state’s outdoor spaces. As part of the development of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for 2024-2028, CPW seeks valuable input from community members to guide the plan’s direction and priorities.

The SCORP, updated every five years, is crucial not only for securing funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund but also for shaping the vision and strategy for outdoor recreation and conservation in Colorado. It reflects a collective commitment to enhancing the enjoyment of Colorado’s natural beauty and the conservation of its resources.

CPW emphasizes that the SCORP is more than a mere federal requirement. It represents a shared vision among Colorado’s outdoor partners, aiming to make outdoor recreation culturally relevant and responsive to emerging trends and demographic shifts.

The plan outlines four top priorities:

  1. Enhancing sustainable access and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
  2. Promoting stewardship of natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
  3. Conserving lands, waters, and wildlife.
  4. Ensuring adequate funding to sustain Colorado’s outdoor spaces for future generations.

The current phase of feedback focuses on assessing the relevance and importance of the nine main objectives outlined in the 2019 SCORP. These objectives serve as a framework for prioritizing outdoor recreation and conservation projects statewide.

CPW staff are eager to ensure that the upcoming SCORP truly reflects the diverse interests and values of the Colorado community. To have your say in this vital process, visit the comment form on EngageCPW at The window for public comments is open now and will close on February 28, 2024.

This is a unique opportunity for residents and enthusiasts of Colorado’s outdoors to directly influence the strategies that will shape the state’s natural landscapes for years to come. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a wildlife enthusiast, or simply someone who cherishes Colorado’s natural beauty, your insights are invaluable in this collaborative effort to sustain and enhance outdoor recreation and conservation.

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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