New outdoor recreation plan needs your review and comments

The state’s new outdoor recreation plan is comprehensive and very interesting. The plan covers everything including hunting, fishing, and winter recreation. If you enjoy the great Maine outdoors, you should read the plan, and comment on it. Comments must be submitted by November 22.

Here’s the state’s announcement, with a link to the plan.

AUGUSTA, ME –  Today, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands announced the request for public review of the Draft 2020-2024 Maine State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). SCORP qualifies Maine to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds and satisfies state legislative requirements associated with monitoring trends in outdoor recreation.

The draft plan is available on and public review and comments will continue through November 22, 2019. Comments should be directed to Rex Turner, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022, (207) 287-4920,


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.