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March 19. 2014 6:04PM

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Group seeks to improve Livermore Falls area


The Livermore Falls area of Plymouth. (Courtesy)

PLYMOUTH — A group of representatives from three towns, college students at Plymouth State University, state officials and lovers of the Livermore Falls area of the Pemigewassett River are asking for public input about the future of that part of the river.

With help from the Plymouth Rotary, the Friends of the Pemi-Livermore Falls Chapter is asking for ideas for future usage of the falls area,

"It's an amazing site. To me it's as nice as anything in Franconia Notch or the Flume," said Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, PSU's vice provost for research and engagement.

The "vision session" meetings will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Holderness Central School and on Saturday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m.

The falls area, which is located within the towns of Plymouth, Campton and Holderness, is owned by the state. It is a popular area for swimming and sightseeing, and above the falls area is the historically important "Pumpkin Seed" bridge, the remains of a bridge erected in 1886 that was closed in 1959.

The state owns Livermore Falls and 174 adjacent acres on both sides of the river in the towns of Campton and Holderness. A December report by PSU students David Coy and James McManus identified that the area contains two beaches, and was the site of the state's first fish hatchery.

According to the report, the area has been the site of numerous mills, and the bridge is the last standing pumpkinseed bridge in the country.

In their report, the students recommended a new footbridge, repairing some of the broken fences protecting dangerous areas of the falls area, organized cleanup of the area and improved signage.

"The implementation of an offsite education program promoting stewardship of the land could help with some of the issues faced by Livermore Falls," the students said in their report.

The campaign is called "Let's Make More out of Livermore" as Rotarians are suggesting that the area be made into a state park.

The meetings will be "brainstorming sessions," according to the rotary.

dseufert@newstote.com


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