Important Action Needed by Florida Green Guides and Florida Master Naturalists

Dear Fellow Florida Green Guides and Florida Master Naturalists,

I can not recall a recent year in which your input to all government agencies is more important than 2018. Raising your hand and voicing your opinion is now an obligation, not a choice!

Below is an important memo. Please take a moment to take action now.

Thank you all for all you do to educate and preserve!

Chester

President

Greetings and Happy New Year!

DEP’s Division of Recreation and Parks is working on the 2018-2023 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), Florida’s official planning document for outdoor recreation, and we need your assistance.

Components of the draft plan are now available for public comment. Opportunities to review and comment on these draft components are being provided through a series of open-house events around the state in January 2018 (please see the attached flyer). Written comments will also be accepted through February 23 for those who cannot attend an event. Please visit the SCORP web page at https://floridadep.gov/parks/florida-scorp-outdoor-recreation-florida to access the documents. You may submit written comments to Outdoor.Recreation@dep.state.fl.us or you may mail them to DEP’s Office of Park Planning at 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399. Thank you in advance for your participation!

We are also collecting opinions from public providers of outdoor recreation in Florida. Insights about recreation-related issues that affect your ability to provide adequate recreation opportunities are important. If you are a public provider, please share your thoughts with us by taking this short opinion survey. Results will be included in the SCORP document, but will be anonymous.

DEP also continues to update the Florida Outdoor Recreation Inventory (FORI), our searchable database and mapping tool. FORI helps us keep track of the vast array of public- and privately-managed parks and recreation facilities throughout the state, and it has a wealth of information for the public as well. We are requesting your help to improve the accuracy of our FORI database. The FORI data is also used in the web and mobile apps called Outdoor Florida. These apps feature Florida’s extensive outdoor recreation opportunities in a new, user-friendly format. At this time, only state and federally-managed sites are available in the Outdoor Florida app, but work is underway to include city, county, and other recreation sites found in FORI as well.

Please take a few moments to review the information we have in our FORI database regarding your recreation lands and facilities, and make any corrections, if needed. If you have new lands or facilities that are not in our database, we respectfully request that you complete a FORI data form for each site using our online portal. Florida’s residents and visitors will find your information extremely valuable when planning their trips and outings.

If you have any questions about SCORP, please contact me. Questions about FORI? Our data manager, Laura Bollmann (laura.bollmann@dep.state.fl.us or 850-245-3067) is at your service.

Thanks so much for your help, and apologies for any cross-posting!

Sincerely,

Mark

Mark Kiser

Planning Consultant
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
Office of Park Planning
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 525
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850.245.3068
mark.kiser@dep.state.fl.us
www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/outdoor/scorp.htm

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