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.
Work Continues at Arboretum
Thank you to all those who have helped rejuvenate the C.C. Beekman Arboretum. The Arboretum is located just south of the historic Beekman House. The Jacksonville Woodlands Association, with the help of the Jacksonville Boosters, is working to revive the dream of the original designer, Alan Horobin. Work parties will continue to be needed, especially in the spring. Contact Kandee McClain at email@example.com or Becka Kem at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in helping out.
Just as gold lured visitors to the Woodlands area in years gone by, autumn's gold entices us to hike the trails now. The canopy is still thick enough to provide some shade on warm days, but the autumn scents fill the air.
Grey squirrels scamper along logs. Spotted towhees rustle in the underbrush, juncos flash their white tail feathers as they fly onto a low branch, and chickadees chatter in the canopy.
Many of the oaks turn yellow or gold, and the trails are painted with their color. Viewpoints such as Paradise Point offer panoramas of the valley's autumn colors.
A warning: most of the poison oak has lost its brilliant red leaves, but that doesn't mean it's not potent to those who are allergic to it. Stay on the trails, and keep pets on a leash.
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