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UDC celebrates NPS superintendent’s tenure

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — Vidal Martinez, superintendent of the National Park Service (NPS) Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, received a warm acknowledgment at the recent meeting of the Upper Delaware Council on October 1 for his 18-month term of service. Martinez has accepted a position as superintendent at Prince William Forest Park, a 15,000-acre park in Northern Virginia, and will conclude his Upper Delaware post at the end of October. During his final report, Martinez detailed some of the highlights of his term and provided updates on his recent initiative to require mandatory life jacket use on the Delaware during conditions of high water. After hearing concerns at the last UDC meeting about problems associated with choosing a single river height upon which to base the regulation, Martinez met with staff and brought back a counter-proposal that would allow for a two-zone restriction based on gage readings at Callicoon and Barryville, NY. Martinez also said that the value of the services provided by the UDC, as well as the partnership role played by the NPS, should be more heavily emphasized. “We also need to revisit amending the River Management Plan,” he concluded.

TRR photo by Sandy Long
Vidal Martinez (Click for larger version)