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Outdoor Recreation Access: Recreation Opportunity Spectrum

2020 - Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Developed by the US Forest Service, the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) classifies land into categories based on the probable recreation experiences it affords. This 30-m raster dataset adapts the Forest Service method to fit the landscape and local data in Pennsylvania. ROS classifies land based on land use, a location’s distance from roads, and the amount of human disturbance nearby. These classifications can help determine potential recreation opportunities that lands across the commonwealth can provide. The dataset assigns one of the following values to each cell statewide in Pennsylvania: Urban, Crop, Water, Disturbed, Rural, Front Country, Mid Country, and Back Country. CAUTION: This dataset covers the full state of Pennsylvania. It examines recreation potential, not whether lands are open to the public. The Trust for Public Land produced this dataset to support Pennsylvania’s 2020-2024 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). This dataset was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.