Welcome to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association

The 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.


Hike-A-Thon: Saturday, April 15th!


Arboretum Help

Thank you to the WorkSource Rogue Valley’s Youth Conservation Crew for their work in the Beekman Arboretum in February. They repaired storm damage, pulled blackberries and raked leaves.
Refurbishing the arboretum is an ongoing project.  If you'd like to help,  join Friends of the Arboretum on March 25th, 9am to 11am.   For more information, click on 'upcoming events' under the "Events" tab. 

                                     Winter Woodlands   




 Winter has arrived!  Normally, the Jacksonville Woodlands are a good place to hike away any winter blues, as their elevation is usually low enough to preclude snow or ice.  However, this year winter arrived with an unusual low-elevation snowfall - up to a foot in places.  Of course, winter rains soon followed, combining with the melted snow to create extremely wet and  muddy conditions in places.   
  Last year,  thanks to partnerships, several Woodlands trails have been repaired and improved. This past May, the Bureau of Land Management completed several restoration projects on Rich Gulch Trail designed to arrest erosion and drainage problems.  
Last November, volunteers from three organizations --JWA, Forest Park, and the Boosters Club -- wheeled in and spread multiple loads of rock and granite to refurbish areas of the French Gulch and Chinese Diggings trails. These trails had suffered erosion and degradation from past wet winter weather. Another partner, the Jacksonville Parks Department, provided granite and gravel so the volunteers could create a French drain at the bottom of the Chinese Diggings Trail,to help prevent future flooding.  

 It will help, though, if users are careful about how the trails are used and which trails are used during wet winter weather so less damage is done.  Bicycles can be especially damaging to muddy trails, so prudent use this winter will make for smoother rides later in the year!

 Hikers who venture out soon after a storm should be aware that saturated ground and windy conditions can lead to fallen trees.  
In addition, some of the old "glory holes" left over from mining have a lot of standing water at the bottom.  Please keep an eye on small children.









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