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