The region's natural assets drive the area's local economy. A recent local conference, Natural Economies, featured leading businesses, business development agencies, and economic researchers sharing their unique stories and perspectives of how the natural assets: working farmlands, healthy forests and the clean waters of the Upper Delaware are the economic engine.
Natural assets draw people to the Upper Delaware River region, and local business owners have built sustainable and profitable businesses in harmony with the protection of the natural assets. Visitors then stay at local inns and resorts, buy local goods and further support local farmers, forest landowners, and other businesses. And now, with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Green Lodging Partnership, each guest is given the opportunity to make a direct donation to the Conservancy and join the partners in helping to protect those natural resources that keep tourists coming back year after year.
Launched in July 2012, the Green Lodging Partnership includes nine local lodgings in New York and Pennsylvania that have asked their guests to join them in the long-term protection of our quality of life.
The Partnership works as follows: A $2.00 donation is automatically added to each reservation, which is then directly contributed to the Conservancy, to support its conservation mission and assure everything that brings tourists to the Upper Delaware River region is protected now and every time they visit in the future. Guests may opt out, but very few choose to do so.
The Conservancy's mission to protect the lands and waters of the region means assuring everything that attracts tourists and tourism dollars will be here now and for the future.
Participating lodgings in or near Hawley include : The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Woodloch Pines Resort and The Lodge at Woodloch. The Hotel Fauchere in Milford and the James Manning House B&B in Bethany are also participating. Lodgings in New York include Apple Pond Farm in Callicoon Center, ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville and The Sullivan in Rock Hill.
The Conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the healthy lands, clean waters, eagles and eagle habitat, and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region. In association with Shop Local Save Land, the Green Lodging Partnership connects locally sustainable lodgings with this conservation mission.
For more information on the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Partnership visit www.DelawareHighlands.org, call (570) 226-3164 or (845) 583-1010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.