"There is a need and a place for wise new development in our region, and we must all preserve the very reason that people chose to live here and visit.”

In 2012, 4.9 million visits to Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area resulted in about $156.4 million being spent at businesses located in counties and communities within a 60-mile radius of the park and supported more than 2,300 jobs.

“In addition to the economic benefits of preserving our natural spaces, the public will have access to these places in perpetuity,” Donahue added.