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Outdoor Recreation Planning

The Planning Division (now Marketing and Business Development Division) supported outdoor recreation in California by conducting research on opportunities and trends, providing planning guidance, and facilitating dialogue within the recreation community.

California Outdoor Recreation Planning Program
The former Planning Division published the statewide master plan for parks, outdoor recreation, and open space. The California Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) and associated research provide policy guidance to all public agencies – federal, state, local, and special districts – engaged in providing outdoor recreational lands, facilities and services throughout the California. The most recently published report is the Economic Contributions of Outdoor Recreation in California, a research element of the 2015 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

Statewide Trails Program & Planning
The Statewide Trails Program provides public information and technical assistance for trail-related issues affecting all California trails and greenways.

Park Planners Toolbox
The former Planning Division conducted a variety of outdoor recreation-related research.  See Park Planners Toolbox, or contact the Marketing and Business Development Division for more information.

The California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism, an independent, non-profit entity that fosters public and private efforts to provide quality sustainable outdoor recreation in California. The diverse membership includes representatives from the outdoor recreation industries, user groups, environmental organizations, academia, and recreation providers, united to improve marketing and communication, and increase funding and public support. California State Parks is a founding member of the Roundtable and the Marketing and Business Development Division serves on the Board. For more information, see the Roundtable's website.