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Voinovich School and Ohio Department of Natural Resources survey public outdoor recreation participation

Sam Miller
February 27, 2017

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs has partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Office of Real Estate to survey Ohio households about their use of public land for outdoor recreation activity now through March 8 at http://ohiostateparks.org/research

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan survey (SCORP) will poll households about their use of public lands between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016. Public lands use can include visiting local, community, state and national parks and recreation areas; state wildlife areas; state and national forest areas; and state nature preserves. 

The survey results will be included in the five-year Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which provides information on recreation trends and serves as a reference document for state officials allocating federal and state grants among worthy projects proposed by park districts around the state. SCORP has also been prepared to guide outdoor recreation land acquisition, facility development, programming and management in the state of Ohio the next five-year planning period.

“We are excited to work with ODNR Office of Real Estate by providing assistance on the SCORP survey,” Jen Bowman, Voinovich School Interim Director of Environmental Programs, said. “Data from this survey will be used to generate a report, providing important feedback as ODNR plans and sets outdoor recreation priorities for funding.”

ODNR and the Voinovich School previously collaborated on surveys, in 2006 and 2013. Those efforts analyzed Ohioans’ barriers to participation in outdoor recreation, Ohioans’ use of local parks and public opinion of maintenance of public land. The results of this survey will be compiled into a report similar to those from past surveys.