Events and Happenings
BREAKING NEWS: The BLM has closed the public comment period on July 13, 2020 for the Bear Grub Environmental Assessment. Nonprofits and citizens throughout the Rogue and Applegate valleys sent in comment letters in protest, and now everyone is waiting to see what the BLM intends to do. This project includes commercial logging that will impact the Jack-Ash and East ART trail system, and it includes logging the Wellington Wildlands, the last eligible Primitive Backcountry Area between Jacksonville and Grants Pass, and future home of the West ART trail system connecting Grants Pass with Jacksonville and Ashland.
For more information on how you can help save these lands for recreation, go to SaveWildlands.org.
View the May, 2019 KTVL Channel 10 Broadcasts:
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Saving Wellington: A film odyssey
Accepted by the 2019 Ashland Film Festival, Saving Wellington is a beautiful and thoughtful film by local filmmakers Greeley Wells and Ed Keller. Complete with additional footage not seen in previous versions of the film, high definition aerial photography offers an intimate glimpse of the last remaining Wildlands between Jacksonville and Grants Pass, Oregon.
Given that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has included the 7,527 acre Wellington Wildlands in the Middle Applegate Timber Sale, this film is a must-see for anyone who cares about preserving this rare, qualifying LWC (Lands with Wilderness Characteristics) parcel that does not exist anywhere else.
For more information about the Wellington Wildlands, go to savewildlands.org.
Walking the Wild Applegate
Blazing the 80-mile Trail From Ashland to Grants Pass, Oregon
Video: "Walking the Wild Applegate" 22 minutes
This remarkable film follows the trailblazing effort by conservationist/author Luke Ruediger and Applegate Trails Association board member Josh Weber as they hike and bushwack existing and new trail connections between Ashland and Grants Pass, Oregon.
Watch awe-inspiring wilderness and natural habitat that is, amazingly, within a dozen miles of the most populated region in southern Oregon.
Josh and Luke discuss the biological, historical and cultural importance of the rare and exquisitely beautiful Klamath Siskiyou mountains surrounding the Rogue, Applegate and Illinois valleys.
Narrations by David Calahan, Chairman of the Applegate Trails Association, along with Luke and volunteer supporters.
Luke Ruediger's website is at http://thesiskiyoucrest.blogspot.com/
The new (open to the public July 2017), and very beautiful 5.6-mile eastern section of the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART) is located above the Applegate Valley. Known as the East ART, this section of trail is on the eastern end of the of a proposed 50-mile ART extension into the Klamath Siskiyou highlands.
Hikers can park at a roomy trailhead accessed from a gravel road off Sterling Creek Road, hike a few hours on a gorgeous trail of easy to moderate difficulty and if desired descend through the woods to a smaller, as yet undeveloped, trailhead on Hwy 238, between Forest Creek Road and Longanecker Road.
Directions: The east trailhead is located at the end of BLM road 38-2-29.1.
If you are traveling on Highway 238 from Jacksonville toward the Applegate Valley, go approximately 2.8 miles to Jacksonville Summit. At the Summit, take a LEFT onto Cady Road.
(If you are driving on Highway 238 from the Murphy/Applegate side, take a RIGHT onto Cady Road.)
Go 1/2 mile and turn right onto Sterling Creek Road. About 125 yards past the 4-mile marker on Sterling Creek Road turn right and proceed 0.6 miles to the trailhead.
The access road is rough but passable for most vehicles.
Please visit the trail guide to learn more!
The 50-mile Applegate Ridge Trail (coming soon)
The Applegate Valley and surrounding Siskiyou Mountains provide some of the best non-motorized trails in Southern Oregon (if not in the Pacific Northwest!). Whether you are a hiker, equestrian, or mountain biker, the recreation in our valley is nonpareil. The Applegate Trails Association (ATA) leads hikes for the general public, maintains the trail system at Cantrall-Buckley County Park and stewards an exciting and ambitious project–the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail (affectionately referred to as the ART).
The 50-mile ART trail will follow the ridges that overlook the Middle Applegate and cover a broad range of ecosystems, such as majestic forests, flower-filled meadows, open fields, and lush riparian zones, showcasing the rich flora and fauna of the Middle Applegate. Users will be able to access the trail from various trailheads in the Applegate and Rogue valleys and to hike the whole trail, or segments of varying lengths, enjoying the mountain serenity beyond the noise and clamor of the world in the valleys below.
The Vison: ATA plans to extend the ART so that it will link the Cathedral Hills trail system in Grants Pass with the Jacksonville Forest Park trail system, where it meets the“JackAsh Trail” in Jacksonville. The JackAsh Trail is under construction by the Siskiyou Uplands Trails Association (SUTA). Once the ART and the JackAsh trails are fully complete, hikers will be able to walk a continuous trail system from Grants Pass to Jacksonville to Ashland.