THE PLAN

The State of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, State Parks Division has initiated the 2021-2026 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), in accordance with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State Assistance Program Federal Financial Assistance Manual Volume 69 and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965. The SCORP includes the following components.

Outdoor recreation trends for both the nation, the state, and New Mexico 's six regions—Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, North Central, and Central, as defined by the New Mexico Department of Tourism will be reviewed and integrated into the Plan. 

The economic impact of outdoor recreation in New Mexico will be reviewed and assessed in the Plan, including:

  • Economic projections for outdoor recreation spending nationally;

  • Estimates on outdoor recreation spending in the state;

  • Current outdoor recreation trends in tourism and the importance of tourism to New Mexico’s economy and future; and

  • Economic impact of outdoor recreation events and activities in the state.

The Plan will result in a GIS-based outdoor recreation resource inventory and associated maps. The inventory will include, but not be limited to:

  • The outdoor recreation environment (such as ecoregions, major rivers and lakes, and wildlife areas) and the wetland priority component;

  • Public lands and associated facilities available for outdoor recreation and conservation; 

  • Recreational trails, historic trails, wild and scenic river areas, recreational river areas, etc.; and

  • High-risk outdoor recreation areas as identified in New Mexico’s Forest Action Plan.

The state's wetlands and resource protection are priorities of the Plan. The Plan will identify the location and economic benefits of wetlands in the state, comply with Section 303 of the Emergency Wetlands Resources Act and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Priority Conservation Plan, and contain a list of wetland types that should receive priority for acquisition, with input from New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Opportunities for outdoor education is a key component that will be assessd and prioritized in the Plan. The Plan will coordinate with other statewide efforts to increase the opportunities for learning in nature to foster stewards and health of all New Mexicans.

Implications Analysis

The implications of current and future state of outdoor recreation will assessed, including:

  • Implications for New Mexico;

  • Specific implications for the 6 New Mexico Department of Tourism regions;

  • Implications for public lands management; and

  • Recommendations for long-term outdoor recreation planning.

Preliminary Recommendations

The preliminary recommendations will include an analysis and summary of all data obtained from surveys, work sessions, meetings, GIS-based outdoor recreation resource inventory, wetlands component, and recreation trends analysis to identify and prioritize: 

  • Areas and populations that lack access to public parks and outdoor recreation opportunities;

  • Types of outdoor recreation facilities that would provide these areas and populations with the greatest benefits;  

  • Areas where outdoor recreation facilities need upgrades or improvements;

  • Key areas that are available for conservation and recreation, particularly in areas that are fastest growing;

  • Economic impact of dollars spent in and around various outdoor recreation facilities, events, activities and programs; 

  • Projections of economic benefit of the creation of various types of outdoor recreation facilities, events, and programs to areas currently lacking adequate access including product development concepts for facilities; and

  • Needs and opportunities for establishing recreation and historic trails, wild, scenic, and recreational river areas, and Outstanding Waters.

Implementation Plan

An implementation plan is included in the Plan to identify the state’s strategies, priorities, and actions that will be necessary to implement the recommendations. 
 

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