Stockton, New Jersey - The Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP), one of the few Delaware River related non-profit organizations that operates on both sides of the River, held its annual meeting in January 2017.
The current slate of officers was reapproved: Mark Zakutansky, President; Diane Rosencrance, Vice-President; Stephanie Fox, Secretary; and Tony Novak, Treasurer. The board appointed two new trustees: Madeline Urbish, Director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, and James Ryan (JR) Fisher, of the Aranda Group. The remaining board members are: Barbara Ross, Harriette Hawkins, Edith Sharp, Christopher Meyers and Norman Torkelson.
DRGP supports four key programs as part of its mission: the Delaware River Scenic Byway which, as part of American’s National Byway Program, promotes the beauty, culture and history along Route 29 from Frenchtown to Trenton, New Jersey; the Delaware River Water Trail, which educates the public on water safety and recreational use of the River; the Lower Delaware River Wild & Scenic River, which was designated as such in 2000 by the National Park Service; and the Delaware River Heritage Trail, which links communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey via scenic and bike trails and promotes education of the area’s history and culture.
DRGP’s agenda for 2017 is a full one.
· The partnership will assume a leadership role in the Delaware River Sojourn, to be held June 17-23, 2017. The Sojourn is a seven-day guided paddling trip on the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Delaware River. All are invited.
· A free “Learn to Ride” Family Fun Day biking event for elementary-aged children and their families is planned for fall of 2017.
· Three lectures by eminent historians on interesting aspects of the Delaware River’s history. The first lecture will be held on April 10 at the Pittore Justice Center (former ACME) in Lambertville. Dr. Tom Folk, leading authority on the Pennsylvania Impressionists, will feature views of the Delaware River by some of the important painters in that group.
· Four environmental seminars will be held at, and in cooperation with, Rutgers Landscape and Nursery. The first seminar, a presentation on protecting pollinators, is planned for April 15.
· Outreach to the leaders and residents of the 34 municipalities bordering the Lower Wild and Scenic Delaware River and additions to the new DRGP website are other major goals for the coming year.
The public is encouraged to visit the DRGP website (www.DelawareRiverGP.org) to learn more about DRGP’s events and activities.
The Delaware River Greenway Partnership is a 501c (3) organization based in Stockton, New Jersey, that, via education, out-reach and partnership relationships, promotes cross-river connections and communication to preserve and enhance the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the lower Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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