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DLNR seeks input on outdoor recreation plan

By Staff | Feb 27, 2014

HONOLULU – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of State Parks, in partnership with PBR Hawaii, invites the public to informational meetings about the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

The Maui meeting is slated for Monday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Planning Department Meeting Room on the first floor of the Kalana Pukui Building at 250 South High St. in Wailuku.

Hawaii updates the SCORP every five years to remain eligible to receive funds for outdoor recreation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal grants program administered by the National Park Service.

A LWCF grant was awarded to the County of Maui to construct a new skate park within the Lahaina Recreation Center, for example.

Public participation in the meetings will help the State Parks and National Park Service select projects to receive Land and Water Conservation funding to meet Hawaii’s recreational needs and help resolve any recreational conflicts.

LWCF grants provide a match for state and county funds to acquire new land for outdoor recreation and develop or renovate recreational facilities.

Since 1967, the State of Hawaii and the four counties have received more than $38 million in LWCF grants for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation lands and facilities.

The meeting will include a brief presentation near the beginning, but information will be available throughout the evening.

The public can drop by for as much or as little time as they wish. Keiki are welcome, and there will be a special activity for them.

Anyone who is unable to attend is invited to take the SCORP survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HISCORP2014. The survey will be open through Feb. 28.