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.




  Calling Arboretum Volunteers!

Many thanks to the amazing work crew of Sept. 15th!

If you have time and would like to be part of a final Autumn Clean-up at the Arboretum, plan to join us there on Wednesday, November 14th from 9:00 to 11:00. Bring your favorite tools and I will bring the donuts and coffee. Looks like we will need to do some raking and pick up of branches, etc. There may still be a bit of trimming, weeding and blackberry attacking, as well.

Our new irrigation system is scheduled for installation next week and I am very excited about it. I am sure there are several men who are relieved about this news also. Less time spent trying to find leaks and drips, more success for our plants and more progress in re-creating the Arboretum we can enjoy and be proud of.

Until then, enjoy this beautiful fall weather and hope for some more of it on Nov. 14th!


Kandee McClain

Fall and Winter Trails

  Looking for a great place to stretch your legs on a winter's day? Jacksonville Woodlands' trails are usually snow-free and offer great fall and winter hikes.
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.