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Projects and Action Plan

Over 25 years, some of the noteworthy accomplishments are:

  • Approximately 255 acres of scenic woodlands habitat and historic sites have been acquired and continually maintained.
  • Nearly 16-miles of hiking trails have been constructed and maintained accommodating varied Woodland Trail users including hiking, running, cyclist, and equestrian.
  • Educational Interpretative panels and displays have been installed at historic points in the Woodlands with emphasis on the Rich Gulch Mining area.
  • The Rich Gulch Mining area has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service on March 22, 2000.
  • The Sarah Zigler Interpretative Trail was designated as National Recreational Trail by the National Park Service on April 14, 2000.
  • Strategically placed benches have been installed to afford opportunities for rest and contemplation.
  • A Jacksonville Woodlands information kiosk and drinking fountain have been located at the Rich Gulch trailhead.
  • Trail directional and informational signage has been placed at key trail heads and trail intersections.
  • Informational brochures and maps of Jacksonville Woodlands have been published including the Beekman Native Plant Arboretum brochure, the Flowering Plants of the
  • Sarah Zigler photo and story panel
  • The French Gulch Mining Interpretative Trail and display panel were completed and dedicated.
  • A forest fire fuel-reduction effort was completed in 2004 to reduce the fire danger within the Woodlands. This is an on-going project that will continue to help protect the Woodlands.
  • The Beekman Native Plant Arboretum, with its information kiosk, water feature and shelter, was established adjacent to the historic CC Beekman House.

What’s next?

The current Action Plan will be considered by the board in the next several months.
To suggest a project for the next Action Plan, contact us at  Woodlands Suggestions