Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Jacksonville Woodlands Association

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

Jacksonville Woodlands Association

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Jacksonville Woodlands Association

P.O. Box 1210

Jacksonville, Oregon 97530

Phone 541-899-7402 (Larry Smith)

E-mail: info Cajvwoodlands.org

Web site: http://www jvwoodlands.org/

OHS Affiliate since 2003

IN 1966, the National Park Service designated much of the city of Jacksonville as a National Historic Landmark District, the first such district in Oregon. Jacksonville is a remarkably well-preserved example of a nineteenth-century western mining camp and agricultural center.

Maintaining the integrity of the historic district has been no easy task. In recent years, population growth has threatened an important aspect of Jacksonville's historic fabric: the backdrop of hills and open spaces that contain the remnants of historic placer-mining sites and other aspects of its history as a mining town. The distinctive forest and plant life surrounding Jacksonville are also at risk from increased development.

The Jacksonville Woodlands Association (JWA) was founded in 1989 by a group of Jacksonville citizens concerned about preserving and protecting the landmark's surrounding natural habitat. According to Larry Smith, a retired teacher who is one of the association's founders, the catalyst for the formation of the organization was the proposed sale of the Beekman Woods, a twenty-one-acre wooded area around the historic home of pioneer banker C.C. Beekman. The association arranged for the City of Jacksonville to purchase the land from the University of Oregon and raised the funds for the purchase.

In an innovative string of negotiations, the association facilitated the purchase or donation of twenty properties and easements containing more than three hundred acres. …

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