Implementing Natural Connections

Every five years, states across the nation are required to produce a new statewide recreation plan to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds. The plan guides outdoor recreation programs, policies and projects.


Work on the 2014-19 Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan began in 2012 and kicked off officially in 2013 with the formation of a 41-member Technical Advisory Committee. With representation from state, federal and local governments and recreation and conservation organizations, the committee organized themes, reviewed research and developed actions for the future.
A draft plan was available for public comment in the fall of 2014, and the final plan was completed in December 2014.