If anyone knows who at AW is considering contacting the Van Cleve's...
Please have them reconsider. There is already an easement in place for the campground and trailhead. This would remain intact. Bringing attention to the fact that kayakers actions have been an issue up there is a bad call. It will only raise concerns in the eyes of the new owners. I believe that it is unlikely they would understand that they own the land that is required for scouting/portaging major drops. (The run could be made "unrunnable" by the landowner simply pulling access to the scouts/portages.) For most wealthy landowners, limiting access to any user group is typically considered a good idea. In my opinion, it would be wise to watch how this develops silently, remind everyone to BE CHILL AND RESPECTFUL to whomever owns the land up there and approach the situation only if it becomes one. Tack Van Cleve knew that area and his power of control over it much, much more intimately than the new owners will. He, and his family, were pacified by our communities corrective actions last time and harbor no ill will toward paddlers at this point. This could be more like a "clean slate" up there, as the new owners will not have the power to shut down access to the trail, creek or campground and do not have any reason to think kayakers might act like douchebags at their gate. Let's not give 'em one.
BTW - Kodadek, I did notice your post stated that AW was merely "aware" of the sale and not actively pursuing anything. Just would like to voice my opinion to any interested party at AW...