BOSTON – November 07, 2011 – The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced a series of public meetings in November to solicit input from the public for updating Massachusetts’ Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.
Each state is required to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) every five years to remain eligible for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is administered by the National Parks Service.
Since the creation of the LWCF in 1964, over $98 million has gone to support 495 open space and recreation projects in every county in the Commonwealth. Funding for the LWCF is generated through revenue from offshore oil drilling, so no tax dollars are involved.
Through the SCORP process, EEA is seeking to identify the recreation needs of the state’s residents. The resulting plan will help guide the use of future funding toward projects that fulfill the public's outdoor recreation priorities.
In addition to the public meetings, EEA will also be conducting a phone survey to ensure that a scientifically valid sample of data regarding residents’ recreational preferences is collected. After the data is collected and discerned, Massachusetts’ plan will be submitted to the National Park Service for approval in early 2012.
The meetings are listed below:
November 8, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Worcester Public Library Banx Room
3 Salem Square, Worcester
November 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Melnea A. Cass Recreation Complex
120 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Roxbury
November 10, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Bridgewater State University, East Campus Commons: Room 113
99 Burrill Avenue, Bridgewater
November 15, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Pollard Memorial Library Meeting Room
401 Merrimack Street, Lowell
November 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Pittsfield City Council Chambers
70 Allen Street, Pittsfield
November 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Department of Agricultural Resources’ Amherst Office
101 University Drive, Suite C4, Amherst