As one of the five bureaus/offices comprising the Division of Recreation and Parks (DRP), the Office of Park Planning provides a wide range of technical support and professional services beneficial to management of the Florida Park Service. Specific activities include:
Development and maintenance of a comprehensive, multipurpose outdoor recreation plan (SCORP).
The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based outdoor recreation while preserving, interpreting, and restoring natural and cultural resources.
The provision of needed resources for public outdoor recreation in the state park system depends on the identification, evaluation, and establishment of priority projects for the DRP’s land acquisition program.
Effective park planning requires a well-organized, comprehensive repository of not only what is located in the park, but where, when, and how much.
The purpose of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is to guide the development of a diverse, balanced, statewide recreation system to meet current and future needs. The National Park Service requires each state to update the SCORP every five years to receive matching grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The Florida Outdoor Recreation Inventory (FORI) is a comprehensive inventory of the existing outdoor recreation resources and facilities in Florida. As a part of SCORP, the FORI is also a collaborative planning tool for public and private recreation interests.
In addition to public hearings, advisory group meetings are held with local stakeholders and other land management agencies who are asked to complete a thorough review of the draft management plan and make recommendations.
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.