HomeThe Jacksonville Woodlands Association is caring for the special places that have been saved by the citizens of Jacksonville so that all may experience our city's gold rush heritage.
In 1989, alarmed by the prospect of development destroying the scenic wooded hillsides surrounding their National Historic Landmark City, the citizens of Jacksonville, Oregon rallied to form the non-profit Jacksonville Woodlands Association. Since then the Woodlands Association has preserved 22 parcels of forested open space (320 acres) and has constructed 18 miles of connecting interpretive and recreational trails surrounding 70% of the town's historic district. The Association's preservation efforts have attracted national attention and has set the standard for community land preservation in Oregon. Maps of Jacksonville’s extensive trail system are available at the city’s information center, various trail heads or by contacting the JWA at: Info@jvwoodlands.org or by mailing a request to: JWA, P.O. Box 1210, Jacksonville, Oregon.JWA is a non-profit 501c3 organization; donations are tax deductible.
Work Continues at Arboretum
Thank you to all those who have helped rejuvenate the C.C. Beekman Arboretum. The Arboretum is located just south of the historic Beekman House. The Jacksonville Woodlands Association, with the help of the Jacksonville Boosters, is working to revive the dream of the original designer, Alan Horobin. Work parties will continue to be needed, especially in the spring. Contact Kandee McClain at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becka Kem at email@example.com if you’re interested in helping out.
Whether the fog is settling in the hills, or the low winter sun is slanting down through the trees, a walk in the woods can be a peaceful experience. Listen for spotted towhees as they call from a shrub or flit across the trail. Watch for acorn woodpeckers flying near the tree tops.
Be aware that some areas never get touched by the winter sun, so they may be wet even on dry days. Make sure you're wearing footwear that can get muddy!
Also, if trails become very muddy they are easily damaged, especially by bicycles. Please avoid riding bikes through deep mud.
Left: The Hayes family from Talent take a stroll on a sunny Saturday afternoon.