Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware Council

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  • 17 / Apr / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Upper
Delaware Council

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that the continuing
welfare of the citizens of this great State and Nation is greatly
enriched by the purposeful endeavors of individuals and organizations
committed to the preservation of our environment, and to the enhancement
of appreciation for the distinctive features of our natural
surroundings; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 25th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware Council, to be cele-
brated at its Annual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 28, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Located in Narrowsburg, New York, the Upper Delaware Council,
Inc. (UDC) was unique in the world of river conservation and management
when established in 1988 because it represented a formal partnership of
local, state, and federal governments and agencies which have joined
together to manage the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, a
true national treasure; the Council's existence evolved from special
provisions in the 1978 legislation which designated the Upper Delaware
River as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and
called for development of a management plan and a program providing for
the coordinated implementation and administration of the plan; to that
end, the UDC was formed in 1988; and
WHEREAS, What sets this River Management Plan apart is the commitment
to local land use controls and voluntary actions by landowners to
protect the resources on their own private property, as opposed to
federal ownership of the land in the river corridor; as the driving
force behind this specific plan, the UDC provides a mechanism to address
actions by local, state, and federal agencies which affect the river
valley; and
WHEREAS, The Council membership operates under a long-term, renewable
Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service; voting members are
the two states (New York and Pennsylvania) and presently 13 out of the
15 local governments which border on the Upper Delaware River; in New
York State, these include: the Town of Hancock in Delaware County; Towns
of Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, and Lumberland in
Sullivan County; and the Town of Deerpark in Orange County; and
WHEREAS, In Pennsylvania, members are the Townships of Berlin and
Damascus in Wayne County, and Townships of Lackawaxen, Shohola, and
Westfall in Pike County; the Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-
voting member of the Council; and
WHEREAS, For 25 years, the UDC has enjoyed remarkable success, having
prevented significant incompatible uses proposed for the river valley,
often before the proposal left the drawing board; and
WHEREAS, UDC committees and staff have worked with corridor towns and
townships right from the beginning to ensure that control of the Upper
Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stays in local hands, and that
the River Valley voice is heard, and that the character of the corridor,
in which a significant amount of the land is privately-owned, remains
unique in the realm of federally-protected rivers; and
WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon every citizen to recognize that we are
all stewards of our environment and to applaud the outstanding effort of
the Upper Delaware Council, who works tirelessly to protect our environ-
ment and natural surroundings for the benefit of present and future
generations; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware Council; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Laurie Ramie, Executive Director, Upper Delaware Council.


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