State Agency SCORP Priorities
The 2021-2025 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) priorities for state agencies are established based on each agency’s own mission and goals, as those relates to California’s outdoor recreation goals:
California State Parks
LWCF State Park projects must provide for public outdoor recreation and meet at least one of these priorities.
- Protect and enhance California's iconic outdoor landscapes and natural resources through projects that are accessible to Californians while welcoming visitors from around the world.
- Engage and inspire younger generations.
- Promote healthy lifestyles and communities.
- Create meaningful connections and relevancy to people.
- Work with new and existing partners to improve and expand facilities, and garner more resources (such as matching funds for LWCF grants).
- Expand park access for all Californians.
Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)
For both the WCB and CDFW, LWCF projects must provide for public outdoor recreation access, and meet at least one of these priorities:
- Invest in projects providing public access for disadvantaged or severely disadvantaged communities.
- Invest in projects providing boating/fishing/hunting access to disadvantaged communities and providing additional facilities for mobility-impaired visitors and/or access compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Invest in projects that provide hunting or fishing opportunities.
- Invest in projects that have a primary or secondary purpose of non-consumptive wildlife recreation, such as bird watching or hiking.
- Conduct community meetings, with one being in a disadvantaged community, that provides information on a project and the availability for public input.
- Acquisition and restoration projects in areas identified as habitat for vulnerable species or as highly resilient to climate change.
- Increase habitat for sensitive species to support biodiversity through statewide protection or restoration of oak woodlands, riparian habitat, rangeland, grazing land, and grassland habitat.
Department of Water Resources (DWR)
DWR projects for LWCF must provide for public outdoor recreation access, and meet at least one of these priorities:
- Provide for one or more of the following recreational opportunities, including but not limited to camping, boating, water skiing, swimming, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing and hunting.
- Ensure public safety.
- Restore habitats.
- Meet the GHG emissions reduction goals and strategies for the near-term (present to 2020) and long-term to 2050 per Phase I of the GHG Emissions Reduction Plan.
- Reduce landscape water by using recycled water per the 2015 UMWP Guidebook.
State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy)
Conservancy projects must meet at least one of these priorities:
- Construct new regionally significant trail segments (including the California Coastal Trail, San Francisco Bay Trail, San Francisco Ridge Trail, San Francisco Water Trail, Santa Ana River Trails). This goal includes funding acquisitions and construction projects necessary to work towards completing these critical regional and state-wide public access resources. (Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2, 12)
- Fund acquisition, restoration, and enhancement projects that create parks and open space for park-poor communities and in coastal habitats, including coastal wetlands and inter-tidal areas, stream corridors, dunes, coastal terraces, coastal sage scrub, forests, and coastal prairie, and fund planning and implementation to enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and public access amenities to the impacts of climate change. (Strategic Plan Goals 2, 7, 11B, 12)
- Implement recommendations in the Coastal Conservancy's Explore the Coast Overnight Assessment of Low Cost Coastal Accommodations including creating, improving, preserving, and maintaining coastal low cost overnight accommodations to serve the great diversity of California residents, and enhance the public's experience when visiting the coast. Activities covered in these recommendations include acquiring properties, and partnering with non-governmental organizations, public agencies and private sector actors with the capacity to maintain and manage these facilities (and Strategic Plan Goals 3D and 3E). For purpose of the LWCF, this may include development of coastal camping sites.
- Fund construction of new facilities, or reconstruction of dilapidated and unsafe facilities, such as picnic areas, piers, parking lots, restrooms, natural play spaces, and interpretive or educational displays to increase and enhance coastal recreational opportunities and enable people to enjoy natural, cultural, and historical resources. (Strategic Plans Goals 2, 9, 12)
- Implement and support the Coastal Conservancy's Explore the Coast Grant Program which provides equitable coastal experiences to lower-income or other underserved populations; increases the number of people visiting the coast; improves access for persons with disabilities; provides valuable recreational, environmental, cultural or historic learning experiences; increases stewardship of coastal resources; and enhances the public's coastal experience in a way that does not currently exist. (Goals 9, 12L, 12M)
Review the full 2021-2025 SCORP Report to learn more about each of these goals and how each agency’s goals were established.