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.
Thank you to all who turned out for the annual HIke-A-Thon on a sunny, if a bit chilly, Saturday morning. The focus of this year’s program was the dedication of the new “Linda Brodie Water Garden” and the introduction of the reinvigorated CC Beekman Native Plant Arboretum. Larry Smith and Becka Kem led two hikes on the trails, with Smith offering insights into the history of the Woodlands. Purple shooting-stars lined the trails, and several fritillaria were found.
The day had warmed up by lunch time to allow for a great picnic, provided by Jacksonville Chiropractic. Much-appreciated coffee in the morning came from GoodBean Coffee. Thank you!
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In August, the shady green trails in the Woodlands beckon walkers from the hotter in-city pavement. As with any of the lower-elevation trails in Southern Oregon, however, it’s best to hit the trails early, before the day heats up. While most of the trails are in the shade, it is worth remembering that many also have stretches in full sun. Be sure to have sun protection, and carry water, especially if you are new to the trails or plan on being out for very long.
Meanwhile, be on the lookout for recently fledged young birds learning how to forage from their parents. Squirrels are scurrying up and down tree trunks. Deer are common on the trails this time of year; frequently does will have spotted fawns in tow.
The bright colors of spring wildflowers are no longer around, but the bright red of poison oak invites you to admire it from a distance – stay on the wide, cleared trails.
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