Upper Delaware Council (UDC) 2021 Chairperson Jeff Dexter, a representative of Damascus Township, PA, is flanked by UDC Resources and Land Use Specialist Shannon Cilento, left, and Executive Director Laurie Ramie, right, sharing an informational poster at the Pennsylvania Legislative Breakfast held at the D&H Canal Park pavilion at Lock 31 in Hawley on July 29.
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership sponsored the event. The Partnership is an alliance of over 20 government, non-government, non-profit and grassroots organizations that work toward common goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities, and citizen involvement in Pike and Wayne Counties.
The UDC was established in 1988 as a bi-state, non-profit organization which provides a voice for the local townships in PA and towns in New York that border along the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Membership also includes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New York, while the Delaware River Basin Commission is a non-voting member. The Council works in partnership with the National Park Service to conserve and protect the 73.4-mile section of the Delaware River from the confluence of the East and West Branches in Hancock downstream to Railroad Bridge No. 2 in the vicinity of Sparrowbush, NY and Mill Rift, PA. The vast majority of the 55,574.5 acres included in the 1978 Congressional designation to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System remains privately owned land over which individual property owners and local governments provide stewardship.