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 Arboretum Volunteers!
There are now new signs and markers in front of many trees and plants. About half of them have been placed with more to be put in the ground soon. The signs were generously funded by Jacksonville Woodlands Association (JWA). The graphics were designed by Jim Marin of Marin Graphic Services and sent to Pronto Print in Medford for printing on PVC material. The cedar boards for backing were cut to size with a generous time commitment by Jacksonville City Builder, Tom Glover. The assembling of signs and backing, including placing on the metal posts, was accomplished by Tom Mitchell and Mike McClain during several tedious hours. On Saturday, April 20, twenty-four holes were dug and signs placed by volunteers, led by Rob Buerk. Thank you to all!
The Jacksonville Woodlands are awash in flowers. Pink-purple shooting stars line some of the trails, while showy white trilliums and softer white cat's ears light up the shady areas. Look for the hounds tongue,small flowers with hues varying from pink to deep purple.
You can't miss the stars of the show, the fritillaria, with their red bell-like flowers. Both the scarlet fritillaria (below left) and the rarer Gentner's (below right) are blooming now. As always, be aware of poison oak - it too is abundant. And please leave all the blooms for others to
enjoy as well.