The Scoop on SCORP

Have you heard about the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)? This plan provides a common vision for public funding of outdoor recreation and conservation priorities. It also includes a roadmap to implement that vision.


The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) developed this plan over 18 months with significant public input as a comprehensive approach to fulfilling planning obligations required by state and federal laws. The plan was developed with the assistance of two planning advisory committees represented by state, local, and federal land managers, and members of the public. RCO also conducted five public surveys and direct outreach to gain input from the public and land managers on the plan’s focus areas and priorities.


The plan includes:

  • a discussion of the challenges and benefits of outdoor recreation in Washington State
  • an assessment of outdoor recreation demand
  • a summary of public engagement and surveys informing the plan
  • an inventory of outdoor recreation opportunities
  • statewide priorities and goals to address outdoor recreation and public lands conservation challenges


The plan also includes a Unified Strategy, or implementation plan, for how RCO and the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will advance the statewide priorities over the next 5-10 years. This plan was developed with the generous grant support of the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.

This presentation happened on June 1st, but don’t worry a recording can be found here!

In addition, you can find the slide decks here. And if you want to dive even deeper visit this link for more resources!


Presented by Ben Donatelle, Policy Specialist at RCO