NEWS FROM SCORP!
Together, Montana State Parks, Montana Governor’s Office for Outdoor Recreation, and the University of Montana are developing the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). This five year plan is essential for securing matching dollars from the Land and Water Conservation fund. This federal funding is critical for Montana to continue to offer high quality recreation areas, facilities, and services.
We are holding three facilitated discussion meetings in the state to hear from all our outdoor recreation providers and leaders about the needs for Montana. We want to invite you to attend one of our meetings. All sectors of outdoor recreation (public, private, non-profit, interest groups, etc.) are invited. We also want to encourage all levels of staff. We are looking for people who have ideas and thoughts about the needs and demands of outdoor recreation.
Please join us for one of these three meetings:
- Kalispell meeting will be held March 4th from 9am-12pm @ the Gateway Community Center (1203 Highway 2 West)
- Billings meeting will be held March 12th 11am-2pm @ the Billing Public Library (510 N Broadway)
- Butte meeting will be held March 13th from 9am-12pm @ the Emergency Operations Center (3615 Wynne Ave)
You can RSVP to this link: https://umt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71eDvuNIDuOmCrP
Please feel free to invite anyone to the meetings. All are welcome.
Thank you on behalf of the SCORP Advisory Committee!
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