Georgia DNR invites input on Statewide Outdoor Rec Plan

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has presented a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) and is inviting Georgians to comment.

A public meeting will be held Oct. 30, and written comments may be submitted through Nov. 22. The plan may be viewed at www.gastateparks.org/scorp-1416draft.

SCORP enables Georgia to receive federal dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund that supports state, county and city outdoor recreation projects in three categories: land acquisition, development and rehabilitation. These grants are administered by the DNR.

Georgia’s natural environment offers varied outdoor recreation opportunities for both residents and visitors to enjoy. They enhance quality of life, protect the environment and help make tourism a top industry in Georgia, according to a Georgia DNR press release.

However, the state’s steady growth presents a challenge to state and local governments and other organizations working to meet the ever-increasing demand for outdoor recreational opportunities. SCORP helps these agencies identify and meet those demands, according to the release.

Comments may be made four ways:

• Online at gastateparks.org/scorp-1416draft from Oct. 22 to Nov. 22, 2013.

• In person at the public hearing on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Department of Natural Resources Board Room, 2 MLK, Jr. Drive, Suite 1252, Atlanta, 30334.

• In writing, by mailing it to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, Attn. SCORP, 2600 Ga. Highway 155, SW, Suite C, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281.

• By phone, by calling 404-656-2770 ext 6.