NARROWSBURG – Working with the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River was the subject of a recent training workshop targeted to town and township officials in New York and Pennsylvania.
The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) and National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (NPS) co-sponsored the March 24 program held at the Tusten Town Hall meeting room in Narrowsburg, NY.
“We want to make everyone aware of the River Management Plan and how important it is to the river valley,” said UDC Chairperson Nadia Rajsz from the Town of Lumberland as she greeted the 43 workshop participants primarily representing local governments, planning and zoning boards, UDC members, and NPS management staff.
NPS Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Sean J. McGuinness said that the 73.4-mile federally-protected river and 55,575.5 acres of land in the Congressionally-designated river corridor is both special and rare in that – unlike in a traditional national park – over 90% of the land remains privately owned.
One of the best pieces of advice McGuinness said he received when he began his duties here two years ago was, “Don’t tell everybody what they need to do.” “That really changed my management philosophy,” he recalled. “It became more about, what can the Park Service do for you?”