Resolution J1015-2013

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Upper Delaware Council

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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