Welcome to the Jacksonville Woodlands Association
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.
The Woodlands trails are alive with bird song and colorful wildflowers. One minute you're walking in sunshine, the next in a cool breeze, and the next in a light mist. It's definitely spring in Jacksonville! Hiking the trails is a great way to welcome spring -- life seems to be everywhere.
Northern Flickers and Acorn Woodpeckers are just two of the bird species you will probably encounter.
Thank you to all who turned out for the annual HIke-A-Thon on a sunny, if a bit chilly, Saturday morning. The focus of this year’s program was the dedication of the new “Linda Brodie Water Garden” and the introduction of the reinvigorated CC Beekman Native Plant Arboretum. Larry Smith and Becka Kem led two hikes on the trails, with Smith offering insights into the history of the Woodlands. Purple shooting-stars lined the trails, and several fritillaria were found.
The day had warmed up by lunch time to allow for a great picnic, provided by Jacksonville Chiropractic. Much-appreciated coffee in the morning came from GoodBean Coffee. Thank you!
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Meanwhile, long-time Woodlands volunteer Jeanena Whitewilson watches each spring for the wildflowers, and she noticed that the Fairy Bells seem to be multiplying this year on the Sarah Zigler trail. There is also an abundance of Trillium, Bleeding Hearts and False Solomon's Seal. The white flowers on the red stems that look like stars are, appropriately, Woodland Stars.
You can check out some of the wildflowers you might encounter under the "Wildflowers" tab and clicking on the "Arboretum Panel" link.
Jeanena also supplied comparison photos of the two fritillaria found in the Woodlands. The far left is the rarer Gentner's. The other, not yet in full bloom, is the more common Recurva. Jeanena describes the differences as:
"Gentneri: heavy, darker red with yellowish checker, hefty stem.
Recurva: bright red, curls tightly at end of each petal, no markings, thin stem."
For more on the Woodlands' signature flower, the Gentner's Fritillary, click on the "Frittillaria Story" on that same tab.
Please avoid leaving the trails to admire the flowers, and please leave wildflowers untouched for everyone to enjoy. They wilt almost immediately upon picking. Also remember that poison oak is abundant off the the trails, and can be difficult to identify when it is just leafing out.
The Arboretum will be the focus of this year's Hike-A-Thon, Saturday April 15th . For a complete schedule of events, click on the "Events" tab, then "Hike-A-Thon".
Thank you to Wes Nieto for the beautiful photos of the Northern Flicker and Acorn Woodpeckers on this page, and to Jeanena Whitewilson for the flower photos.
(Please note: no photographs on this site may be copied without permission from the photographer or JWA.)