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UDC Welcomes Shannon Cilento as resources and land use specialist

Updated: Aug 4


Shannon N. Cilento has been hired as the Resources and Land Use Specialist for the Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC). Contributed.

NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council, Inc. (UDC) has announced the hiring of Shannon N. Cilento as Resources and Land Use Specialist, effective July 15.

In the full-time position, Cilento will provide technical support to the non-profit organization and coordinate reviews of land and resource management activities to help ensure proper implementation of the River Management Plan in accordance with the Land and Water Use Guidelines for the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River in New York and Pennsylvania.

Cilento was employed by Sullivan County from September 2017 through May 2020 as the Community Development & Grants Planner with the Division of Planning and Community Development. She resides in Monticello.

The Mexico, NY native earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies and Anthropology, with a minor in Museum Studies-Art History Concentration, from SUNY Oswego in 2015 and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in 2017.

Growing up in Oswego County along Lake Ontario, Cilento became familiar with Sullivan County through her father Joseph’s annual fishing trips to Roscoe, also known as “Trout Town USA.”

Cilento’s first job as a Research and Collections Assistant at the Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego fueled her interest in interpretation, museums, parks, and tourism.

Her Master’s thesis involved research in Canada to publish the paper, “From Cod to Conservation: The Intersection of Tourism, the Cod Moratorium, and Telecommunications History in Newfoundland,” which she presented at the North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History Conference in Charleston, SC in 2017.


At the county, Cilento managed a variety of Planning Division initiatives including conducting land use reviews; implementing and overseeing small grant programs; communications including a monthly e-newsletter, news releases, social media, and a web page; and coordinating trainings for municipalities, professionals, and volunteers. She helped secure over $2 million in grant funding through state and federal applications.

Working with the UDC offers Cilento the opportunity to focus her diverse skills to benefit the Upper Delaware River Valley geographic region. “As an avid fly fisher and amateur wildlife photographer, this position allows me to marry my two passions – conservation and planning. I’ve always been interested in the intersection between the environment and community development. I look forward to helping to protect and conserve this area, and promote its cultural resources. I’m excited to be here with all the projects going on; I thrive at being busy,” she says.

The UDC team of Executive Director Laurie Ramie, Resources and Land Use Specialist Shannon Cilento, and Secretary Ashley Hall-Bagdonas represents the first all-female staff since the Council’s inception in 1988. The position had been vacant since January 10 of this year following the re-location of Pete Golod to Seattle, WA.

Cilento may be reached at (845) 252-3022 or shannon@upperdelawarecouncil.org. The UDC office is located at 211 Bridge St. in Narrowsburg, NY.

For more information on the federal-state-local partnership UDC organization and its activities, please visit www.upperdelawarecouncil.org.

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