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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Park Service sets up summer visitor center

  • NARROWSBURG, NY -The National Park Service unit, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (UDSRR), is opening a new visitor information center in Lackawaxen, in partnership with the Eagle Institute/ Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The house at the turn to the Roebling Bridge, open each winter for bald eagle information, wil...
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  • NARROWSBURG, NY - The National Park Service unit, Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (UDSRR), is opening a new visitor information center in Lackawaxen, in partnership with the Eagle Institute/ Delaware Highlands Conservancy. The house at the turn to the Roebling Bridge, open each winter for bald eagle information, will be open through the summer offering highlights about attractions in the whole Upper Delaware Corridor.
        Carla Hahn, Managing Assistant for the UDSRR, said that the new center helps to fill the gap created when the information center in downtown Narrowsburg had to be closed last year due to budget restraints. The Park Service already owns what is known as the Margold House in Lackawaxen, where the Eagle Institute is a winter tenant.
       Volunteers from Delaware Highlands Conservancy will help staff the center this summer, providing information both about eagles and other attractions. The Zane Grey Museum will also be open in Lackawaxen. The Park Service also features the toll house on the New York side of the bridge, which contains information about the Delaware & Hudson Canal, as well as the bridge itself, which originated  as a canal aqueduct.
    ••• New superintendent
          Kris Heister, the newly selected superintendent for the National Park Service unit, UDSSR, introduced herself at the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), June 5th, where Hahn was speaking. Heister begins her duties July 14.
     A native of Bellefonte, PA, near State College, she said she is not a "city girl." her husband is an  avid fly fisherman. They are looking at buying a house in the area, and plan to be here long term.
        She promised she will be "digesting" the River Management Plan that oversees the unique status of the UDSSR within the National Park System. Heister said she comes with no preconceived notions about the UDC, and prefers to work collaboratively. She said she knows there are multiple ways to achieve conservation of the Upper Delaware.
       Andy Boyar, UDC Chairman, wished her "a very successful tenure here."
       Malcom Wilbur has been Acting Superintendent since Superintendent Sean McGuiness retired in early 2014.
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