The 139 acres on Loverin Hill Road has a long, rich farming history and a bright future, thanks to Joseph Schmidl and Cynthia Owen. From the 1760s into the early 1900s, this land was home to Fairview Farm. However, over the following fifty years, most of the fields returned to forest. In 2010, the land went up for sale and a developer came forward with a proposal to build thirty houses. When Joe and Cynthia heard about the potential development, they decided they couldn’t let that happen and brought together the resources to buy the property. As Joe Schmidl pointed out, the proposed development would have more than doubled the number of houses in their corner of Salisbury. Their bid was accepted and immediately after, they entrusted the easement to Five Rivers.
Conservation in Action
Eisner Easement, Henniker
This conservation area serves as a memorial to Cliff Eisner, a kayaker, as well as a local teacher at John Stark Regional High School, who died in a kayak accident on the Saco River in 2006. The easement also serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the Contoocook 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 forest that makes up the 11 acres is a mixture of white pine, red maple and red oak with a mixture of shrubs and wetland vegetation. There are numerous vernal pools, one wetland that is larger and deeper, and a small perennial stream also crosses the property. There is approximately 838 feet of scenic unimproved frontage on Western Ave. There is approximately 1,000 feet of scenic unimproved frontage on the Contoocook River. There is the trace of an old path leading to the larger wetland.