the Jacksonville Woodlands Association
The purpose for which the corporation is formed
is set forth in Articles of Incorporation which will include the
Woodlands Management Plan
in cooperative actions with various public-sector and private-sector
agencies-along with private citizens- to preserve the natural
resources and acquire lands for preservation and for the benefit
of the general public.
and preserve scenic wooded hillsides and historic open spaces
in and around the City of Jacksonville, Oregon, and other areas
throughout Jackson County, to preserve the scenic beauty, protected
and enhance wildlife, and protect and preserve the land and forests
of Directors - December 2007
Jacksonville Woodlands Association
P.O. Box 1210
Jacksonville, OR 97530
JWA Membership Committee
Napa County Planning Director (retired)
JWA Vice President
JWA Membership Committee
Trail committee, forest health
Retired after 38 years with the BLM noxious
weed control, firefighter, engineering, wild horse
wrangler, bagpipe player.
Civil Engineer for CalTrans (retired)
JWA Executive Director
Seasonal Park Ranger - Crater Lake National Park
Elementary School Teacher (retired)
Seasonal Biology Science
Crater Lake National Park
JWA Founding Member
High School Art Teacher (retired)
Art teacher (retired)
JWA Trails Committee
Building Automation Technician (retired)
Owner and publisher of the JV Review
Former Real Estate agent
North Medford High School Science Teacher (retired)
Trail maintenance, volunteer City Park Ranger
Oregon General Practice Lawyer
Former JWA president
Middle school teacher (retired)
Trail advocate. Avid trail runner and hiker
Historic Mining District
To our many
Each year the
JWA Board of Directors proposes projects that will improve the Hiking
Experience within the Jacksonville Woodlands. In the past these
projects have ranged from trail building and maintenance and forest
fuel reduction, to land purchases, to Hike-A-Thons, to educational
displays and brochures and maps.
Gulch/Rich Gulch Mother Lode Improvement Project
This year and
for the next three years we are proposing one of the largest woodlands
enhancement projects in our 18 year history. The proposed project
will be multifaceted including new trails, displays, protective
fencing, trail bridges, and trailside panels.
are some of the projects being proposed:
- 1,000 feet
of new trail opening up access into French Gulch; the deeply mined
incised gully in the direct center of Rich Gulch. (The Mother
Lode of Rich Gulch.)
Mining display complete with sluice box and mining water pipe.
- 2 trailside
displays down on Oregon Street telling the Petard Family History
of Mining and grape growing within the Rich Gulch Mining District.
Point viewing platform, including seven displays featuring the
Cascade/Siskiyou mountains and the history of Rich Gulch.
- Three in-town
displays featuring the recent restoration of the historic Cameron
House, the living Jacksonville legacy of Robby Collins, and the
early contribution of the Peter Britt Wine Cellar to the Rogue
Valley's agricultural development.
It is estimated
that the project will cost about $33,000. So far about $9,000 have
been committed to the project. And we are just beginning the drive
to raise the balance.
The total project
has been broken into 25 fundable segments ranging in cost from $500
to $7,000. We are asking our supporters to consider funding one
or more of the project segment.
Larry and he will send you a more detailed project list. email@example.com;
Background for the JACKSONVILLE WOODLANDS ASSOCATION
Jacksonville Woodlands Association is a non-profit, tax exempt,
citizen based organization that is coordinating the preservation
and establishment of the JACKSONVILLE WOODLANDS HISTORIC NATURAL
PARK AND TRAIL SYSTEM. There is no paid staff. All work is done
by volunteers or by contract. The JWA is operated by an eleven member
Board of Directors, meeting monthly.
Woodlands Park and Trail System is a 310 acre hillside woodland
park that, when fully established and protected, will surround 70%
of Jacksonville's Historic District. The Woodlands project, after
18 years of effort, now stretch from ridge-top to ridge-top, thus
visually protecting the scenic views that have circled the town
since its founding in 1852.
Much of the
Rich Gulch/Daisy Creek Drainage and upper watershed has also been
protected. Since the founding of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association
in 1989, 21 parcels of forested woodlands, totaling more than 300
acres, have been placed under protection by either purchase or by
donation. Several adjoining landowners, including the BLM, are working
with us to protect their adjacent parcels.
The JWA has
established a network of educational and environmental trails. The
Beekman Native Plant Botanical Garden provides an outstanding educational
resource for local elementary, high school, and college students,
as well as for Southern Oregon residents and town visitors who are
interested in learning more about the unique natural and human history
of Jacksonville and the surrounding region. Our 20 trail exhibits,
plant identification booklets, interpretive brochures, and student
activity books are developing an understanding of the uniqueness
of the flora and fauna of the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.
Mission Statement summarizes our efforts: The
Jacksonville Woodlands Association is protecting the heritage and
historic landscapes that define our town, thus preserving our quality
of life for future generations.
includes: fund raising, grant writing, land acquisition, recreational
and interpretive trail construction, the placing of conservation
easements, creating educational and interpretive materials and displays,
and the formation and support of an active citizens' support group
to accomplish these objectives. Our nationally recognized woodlands
project will preserve the livability of life in Historic Jacksonville
and will serve as a catalyst for increased tourism, an essential
element of the city's economic life-blood. Nowhere in the state
of Oregon does there exist an opportunity such as we have in Jacksonville
to interpret and preserve the combined story of one of our Nation's
greatest gold rushes and the story of the diverse plant life found
in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.
our woodlands trail system as our own private HEALTH CLUB!
Reduction Grant work on schedule to be completed
The last 105
acres of piles on private lands within the Wildland/Urban Interface
around Jacksonville are scheduled to be burned this coming winter/spring.
When completed, the JWA will have reduced the fire hazard on 1335
acres in and around Jacksonville. The work that the JWA has done
has been funded through four grants that the Association received
through the National Fire Plan totaling $908,500. Besides reducing
the fire hazard in the Jacksonville Woodlands, the JWA also partnered
with over 90 private landowners and reduced the fire hazard on their
properties to help increase the effectiveness of the fuel reduction
treatments around Jacksonville.
being controlled in the Woodlands
Broom, an introduced non-native plant classified as a noxious weed
in Oregon, is being brought under control in the Woodlands and surrounding
lands. The Association has completed the second spraying of Scotch
Broom this summer hitting the new sprouts and seedlings that had
come up since last year The JWA has spread native grass seed in
areas that were heavily infested with Scotch Broom. The Association
intends to restore and maintain the native species and vegetation
in the Woodlands and in particular to preserve the habitat for the
rare and endangered Gentner’s Fritillaria. Key to the success of
the control of Scotch Broom has been JWA’s partnership with adjacent
private landowners to control the Scotch Broom present on their
properties. Besides controlling Scotch Broom, JWA is also currently
looking to control yellow Star Thistle within a few areas of the
Woodlands and around the Jacksonville Pioneer Cemetery in partnership
with the City of Jacksonville, the Oregon Department of Agriculture,
and adjacent private landowners.