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American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to

purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land

serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section

of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook

River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.


The two groups are working with the Five Rivers Conservation Trust to establish a

conservation easement that will permanently protect public river access and the

ecological value of the land. Continued access to this section of the river will draw

paddlers to the region, benefitting the local economy.


"We are very pleased to have been able to protect access to one of the most significant

whitewater paddling opportunities in the region,” according to Bob Nasdor, American

Whitewater Northeast Stewardship Director.

The project will serve as a memorial to Cliff Eisner, a kayaker, and local teacher at John

Stark Regional High School, who died in a kayaking accident on the Saco River in 2006.

American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have secured in excess of $40,000

dollars in donations that will enable the groups to purchase and protect the property. The

groups have received strong support from local paddlers, conservationists, public

officials, and businesses from the Henniker area.

Additional funds are still needed to establish the easement and improve access on the

property. Contributions may be sent to American Whitewater, c/o Took Access Project,

P.O. Box 1540, Cullowhee, NC 28723

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