A draft copy of the Sitka Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Action Plan has been posted on the SSORAP website.
The draft of the plan will be up for final comments during a community meeting from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Westmark Hotel conference rooms. If you get outdoors in Sitka, we encourage your participation in this meeting. Copies of the plan also are linked below (the first attachment is a 32-page PDF file and the second attachment is 125 pages).
Over the past two years the U.S. Forest Service has developed new strategic guidance for the recreation program entitled, “A Framework for Sustainable Recreation” (link opens as PDF file). This framework provides a vision, principles and focus areas to guide the agency to a more community focused, collaborative approach across the landscape.
The Sitka Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Action Plan is a pilot project for the Framework for Sustainable Recreation and is intended to inform similar future projects in other Southeast Alaska communities.
The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) didn’t get started until after the 2010 Sitka Health Summit in October, so our group has focused more on learning about what outdoor programming is available in Sitka while the action plan is more about facilities. Our goal is to encourage more Sitka residents, especially children and families, to get outdoors for recreation. Our outdoor programming survey results will be reviewed and incorporated into the action plan.
For more information about the Feb. 23 meeting, contact Carol Goularte, district ranger for the Sitka Ranger Station, Tongass National Forest, at 747-4218, or call Heather Stewart of Agnew-Beck Consulting (Anchorage) at 222-5424. The names and contact numbers of the action plan’s task force members can be found on the “Be A Part Of It” link on the plan’s website.