Established in 2003, the Green River Access Fund rents the parking lot at the end of Gallimore road, which is used by Upper Green boaters as a take-out, and Narrows boaters as a put-in.
History of Parking, Access, Trail, and Release issues for the Green River. --- (5/18/07)
1980's --- Early explorers use Upper Green put-in. See this excellent 1990 period piece (AW
Journal article) by Woody Callaway and Chris Koll.
August 2013 meeting about NCWRC Long Range Management Plan:
On June 29th, 2007, there was a meeting at Green River Adventures in Saluda. The meeting was to discuss possible scheduled recreational flows on the Green, or to find ways to improve the existing situation, instead of the way it is now ("determined daily", lots of 60% flows running overnight, etc.). The meeting was called by Sara Bell of GRA and Woody Callaway of Liquid Logic, and all interested were invited to attend. You can read some background in this snippet from the Tryon Bulletin (6/19), and in this Boatertalk thread (6/20). The hope was (is) to find common ground with those in the fishing community, the local business community, and the private paddlers as an approach to Duke Power is undertaken that would benefit all groups.
A synopsis of the meeting written by Harrison Metzger can be found in this Boatertalk thread posted the next day (6/30), and extended commentary by other paddlers follows. In short, the group of 40+ present at the meeting had near unanimity in going forward with requesting no nighttime releases and less/no 60% releases. Additionally, many in the group had little interest in scheduled Thursday-Sunday releases with guaranteed water for those days. If there are no nighttime releases and also no or very limited 60% days, then the point may be moot as the Green will be running most days anyway in a normal year. Many private paddlers, particularly those living several hours away from the Green, would also like more consistent announcements the day before at the least and would be happy with some sense of a "schedule". Both the fishermen and women, and GRA, can live with what the paddlers at the meeting spoke for, and most people left the meeting feeling positive about being on the same team as the anglers.
I'm not calling it fine literature, but the discussion continued on Boatertalk --- and in the
interests of being able to access the various points of view in the future, here's another thread (7/6), and another (7/9).....
AW Statement in 2003 (by Sutton Bacon) after the failing attempt to gain access from a
American Whitewater prefers public access solutions to private river access points. When land
acquisition are possible to provide for public access, AW attempts to work with local, state, and
federal officials to make free, open access a reality. Thus was the case on the Green in 2003.
American Whitewater identified a parcel of unrestricted land sharing a long border with the Green
River Gamelands and raised enough funds through generous donations from Green paddlers to
purchase a 2-acre access point to be transferred to the State of North Carolina Parks and
Recreation, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, or Henderson County to provide for
management of the site. American Whitewater finalized negotiations with the landowner and AW's
offer was accepted.
AW appealed to the very highest levels on the State of North Carolina to no avail, including a generous offer to help reconstruct the naturally-eroding Pulliam Creek emergency access trail out of the heart of the Green River Narrows, but ultimately, WRC's decision did not change. That decision effectively eliminated the opportunity to provide permanent public access to the Green River and the Green River Gamelands from this site. American Whitewater remains deeply troubled by WRC's decision because it reinforces its policy of limiting recreational use of the public lands it manages. While the Green River Gamelands was purchased with taxpayer money through the Natural Heritage Trust Fund, it is managed with funding from hunters and fishermen. American Whitewater works closely and cooperatively with the Wildlife Resources Commission on many projects throughout the state, but we feel that its single-focus management of the public lands it oversees is a violation of the public trust and an inappropriate use of public resources and taxpayer funding.
AW volunteers and staff worked tirelessly and expended hundreds upon hundreds of hours toward providing permanent access to the Green River. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the paddling community, American Whitewater raised more than enough money to purchase the small parcel necessary for an access point. However, the late April decision by the WRC undercut our efforts to secure the site in perpetuity and develop a public access point to the Green River Gamelands for all users: hikers, fishermen, hunters, bird watchers, and boaters.
It was made clear to American Whitewater that the only "acceptable" users of the Green River Gamelands were the handful of hunters and fishermen that visit there annually, not the thousands of boaters that float on the Green's majestic waters. Their decision forced AW to abandon the land acquisition, and American Whitewater refunded the donations raised from its membership, applied them toward conservation and access areas in the South (and elsewhere as directed by the donor), or earmarked them to the current parking arrangement.
AW continues to thank those individuals who made financial gifts, or gifts of their time and expertise, to help preserve Green River access. Thank you for believing in us and we hope that you will continue to support AW as it works to protect and enhance responsible river access around the country.
Here's a pdf file of AW's trail proposal relating to the land purchase:
|Author:||John Pilson||Location:||@Green 2. Green Narrows, NC|
|Subject:||Access and Parking||Rapid:||Splash and The Man|
|AW Photo ID:||18211||AW Reach ID:|
author of photo John Pilson