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About the SCORP

Rhode Island's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

The RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is updating the Statewide Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for 2019 – 2024. The 2019 SCORP will outline the existing status, current needs, and future vision for outdoor recreation and open space protection. It will be informed by public input from our growing and changing population and will set concrete goals and strategies for improvements and additions to our infrastructure, programming, and resources.

As a Rhode Island state policy document, Ocean State Outdoors serves several key purposes:

State Guide Plan

This plan is an element of the Rhode Island State Guide Plan, and, as such, has legislated stature which requires the consistency of all publicly supported activities, both planning and project implementation. State agencies, municipalities and all public and private entities receiving public support are expected to carry out any recreation, conservation and open space activity in a way that is consistent with this element of the State Guide Plan.

State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)

Ocean State Outdoors is also submitted by Rhode Island to meet the National Park Service’s planning eligibility requirements for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund program. This program is a valuable source of support for protecting resources and providing facilities for public recreational use.

State Recreational Trails Plan

In concert with Rhode Island’s Greenways Plan, this plan addresses the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation ‐‐ Federal Highway Administration's National Recreational Trails Program which provides funds to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail‐related facilities.

Wetlands Priority Plan

This plan provides an update to the wetlands priority plan required under the federal Emergency Wetlands Conservation Act. Updates to the original 1988 plan are submitted to the National Park Service periodically as part of SCORP updates.

SCORP Project Team

The 2019 SCORP will be updated in collaboration with a Working Group, which includes staff of The RI Division of Planning, DEM, and an Advisory Committee, which includes a broad representation of stakeholders such as state and municipal officials, environmental organizations, and private sector stakeholders.

Working Group
RIDEM Megan DiPrete
Chief, DEM Division of Planning & Development

Michelle Sheehan
Programming Services Officer, DEM Division of Planning & Development

Lisa McGreavy
Senior Environmental Planner, DEM Division of Planning & Development

Terri Bisson
Chief Program Development, DEM Bureau of Natural Resources/Division of Parks
State of RI Nancy Hess
Supervising Land Use Planner, Rhode Island Division of Planning

Paul Gonsalves
Senior Land Use Planner, Rhode Island Division of Planning

Weston & Sampson Mike Moonan
Project Manager, Weston & Sampson

Jim Riordan
Project Manager, Weston & Sampson

 
Advisory Committee
  • Frank Floor, Chief, DEM Division of Parks and Recreation
  • Mia Patriarca, RI Department of Health, Ctr. For Health Promotion RIDOH
  • Joshua Giraldo, Chief of Staff, Central Falls
  • Veronica Berounsky (or Designee), Chair, Rivers Council
  • Chuck Horbert, Rivers Council/RI Canoe & Kayak Association
  • John Torgan (or Designee), State Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy, RI Audubon
  • Sarah Mitchell (or Designee), RI Bicycle Coalition
  • Theresa Murphy, Parks & Recreaction Director, South Kingstown
  • Raena Blumenthal, Recreation Director, Coventry
  • Anna Lockmer, REI, Outdoor Rec. Retailer
  • Steven O'Donnell, CEO, YMCA Greater Providence
  • Phil Hervey, Municipal Planner, Barrington
  • Tiffany Rhodes, Johnson and Wales University
 

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Public Meetings

Thursday, November 8
Health Equity Zone HUB, 1229 Main Street, West Warwick
6:00-8:00 PM
Topic: Health
 
Tuesday, November 13
Cold Spring Community Center, 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown
6:00-8:00 PM
Topic: General Recreation
 

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