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National Park Service Northeast Regional Director to Speak at UDC April 22 Awards Banquet

Photo: Gay Vietzke

NARROWSBURG – Gay Vietzke, regional director of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Northeast Region based in Philadelphia, will deliver the keynote address at the Upper Delaware Council’s 30th Annual Awards Ceremony on April 22.

The public event includes a 3 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. buffet dinner, 5 p.m. keynote address, and the presentation of awards to Upper Delaware River Valley contributors.

It will take place at Central House Family Resort located at 81 Milanville Road in Beach Lake, PA, approximately 5 miles from Narrowsburg, NY.

Reservations at $28 per ticket are requested by April 13. A registration form and list of 2018 honorees is available at

This year represents the 40th anniversary of the 1978 designation of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System and the 50th anniversary of the Congressional enactment of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to preserve and protect the free-flowing condition of rivers in the nation that possess certain outstandingly remarkable values to benefit present and future generations.

Vietzke began her assignment as Regional Director in September 2017 after having most recently served as superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

The NPS Northeast Region has a budget of nearly $320 million and more than 3,000 employees.

It includes 83 national parks, 22 national heritage areas, 1,102 national heritage landmarks, 154 national natural landmarks, and other associated sites within the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Vietzke served as the Northeast Region’s deputy regional director from 2011 to 2015, leading the region’s park operations, resource stewardship and science, and external affairs and partnership programs.
Past assignments included serving as superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and Hampton National Historic Site in Maryland.

She also served as superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY.

Vietzke holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on the 30th Annual Awards Ceremony, please contact the UDC at P.O. Box 192, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764; phone (845) 252-3022; or e-mail


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