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Technical Assistance to Utah Agencies, Counties, and Tribes to Build Capacity to Execute Outdoor Recreation Plans

Outdoor Recreation Planning Assistance (ORPA)


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Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Division of Outdoor Recreation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Utah

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/17/24 Save

Grant Description
Technical assistance to Utah agencies, counties, and Tribal governments to build capacity to plan and execute outdoor recreation plans. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. This program is intended to give agencies the tools needed to develop an appropriate scope of work for an outdoor recreation plan.

The Outdoor Recreation Planning Assistance Program (ORPA) is a newly developed technical assistance service created to help your community define its outdoor recreation goals. The program aims to help communities build capacity at the local level by providing planning assistance, stakeholder and community engagement, and defining a plan of action.

Eligible projects will work with the state recreation planner to collaborate on a scope of work to recognize shared responsibilities. This program is intended to help build capacity at the local level, not to replace consulting services.

Types of projects include:

  • Community visioning and stakeholder facilitation: With the assistance of the planner, a series of community workshops or meetings will help your community to define the look and feel of nearby outdoor recreation opportunities and create a document that will guide future plans.
  • Plan coordination and development: ORPA may help your community develop the scope of a plan, to producing the final document itself.
  • Outreach and community input strategies and execution: From online surveys to virtual or in-person public open houses, to social media and press releases. ORPA can help you engage your community in a meaningful way.
  • Trail counter deployment and visitor analysis: We can help you assess current visitor or use patterns and capture data to help inform your community’s decision-making.
  • Pre-DOR grant application coordination: Let’s think through next steps, ongoing maintenance needs, and other elements to make your grant project a success.
  • Field-data collection strategy and support: What you find in the field should inform your project and grant approach. ORPA can help you capture information from the great outdoors to best inform your outdoor recreation approach.
  • Conceptual trail design assistance: With ORPA support, we can help you think through the goals of a new trial system and help you conceptualize trail layout and design objectives.

Applicants will be broken into sections with scoring values and evaluated for:

  • Community need and potential economic impact
  • Recreational value and potential for improved access
  • Overall benefit to the public


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include:
- Municipal agencies
- Counties
- Tribal governments

Pre-Application Information
The application cycle will be open until Feb. 17.

All applicants are encouraged to coordinate before they submit their application with Carly Lansche.

Application requirements:
- Letter of support from a city, county, or tribal representative
- Coordination with the statewide recreation planner prior to application submission

ORPA offers ongoing mini-consultations to meet with your community. These meetings do not require an application and are available year-round, depending on availability, to provide guidance and support for your community’s outdoor recreation planning efforts.

Mini-consultation meetings may include site visits or a series of meetings to help you think through your community’s next steps, connect you to planning or grant resources, or provide feedback on planning efforts or project goals. To schedule a meeting, please fill out the Mini-Consultation Request form or contact Carly Lansche.

Contact Information
Apply online:

To schedule a meeting, please contact Carly Lansche at or 385-499-1216 or book a virtual appointment here:

Division of Outdoor Recreation
1594 W North Temple
Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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