Boise, ID - The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) wants your opinion about outdoor recreation in Idaho. Are recreation opportunities increasing? Are fees charged for camping competitive? Is solitude still easy to find in Idaho?
You can comment on outdoor recreation issues already identified or post issues of your own at www.idahorecreationfutures.org. IDPR Planning Chief Rick Just says this is an idea generator, not a survey.
Often if your address wasn’t randomly selected, you don’t get to participate in a survey, Just said. This time, everyone can participate. We want to know what’s important to you.
IDPR wants to hear about recreation issues everywhere in the state, not just in state parks. The agency produces the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Plan (SCORTP) every five years for all recreation providers, public, private, local, state and federal. The plan ranks issues and opportunities identified by citizens and IDPR adjusts its criteria for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants in order to help meet those needs.
The Idaho Recreation Futures site is one method being used this year to stay in touch with citizen needs, Just said. “If it proves popular, we’ll probably just leave it in place.”