In 1989, alarmed by the prospect of development destroying the scenic wooded hillsides surrounding their National Historic Landmark City, the citizens of Jacksonville 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 Woodlands is managed by volunteers, with management decisions made by an elected Board of Directors.
The Association's preservation efforts have attracted national attention and has set the standard for community land preservation in Oregon. Additional information is available on the Jacksonville Woodlands Association web site.