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Conservation Commission

The mission of Ashland’s Conservation Commission is to educate and advocate for the wise use of resources by the city government and the people of Ashland. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month.  Meetings are open to the public. 

The Conservation Commission consists of nine voting members including one representative each from the solid waste franchisee for the City, Southern Oregon University, and the Ashland School District, and six other voting members.

The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Commission are to educate and advocate for the wise and efficient use of resources by the City of Ashland and Ashland citizens.
The Commission recommends to the City Council the adoption of policies, implementation strategies and funding related to:
  • Recycling, source reduction and solid waste/landfill issues;
  • Electric conservation issues;
  • Water conservation issues;
  • Resource conservation issues;
  • New power resource decisions, but not decisions involving wholesale power contracts;
  • Renewable Resource decisions;
  • Education of citizens about resource efficiency issues


Commission News & Events

Fall 2014 Plastic Round-up

Friday & Saturday, October 24-25, 9:00-4:00
Jackson County Expo, Gate 1-1/2

Nursery pots, bubble wrap, baling twine, snack food bags, discs, irrigation components, lawn chairs and toys are among the long list of plastics accepted for recycling at the Jackson County Plastic Round-up. Gather plastic from your home, garden, garage and business to keep it out of the landfill, and have it recycled into new materials.
Only clean, presorted plastic will be accepted. Pre-sort plastic into three categories: soft plastic, hard plastic, and nursery plastic. There will be a residential fee of $5.00 per household; the fee for large loads and businesses is $5.00 per yard.

Note that we can no longer accept video cassettes, tapes or 8-tracks.

Please keep leaves out of the landfill and from clogging the storm drains to our streams. Take advantage of these programs:

Free Leaf Drop-Off:  Sundays, November 16 and December 7.   
Bring your leaves to the Ashland Recycle Center on Water St. between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Paid Leaf Bag Program: November and December only – Come to the Recology Ashland Sanitary Service office at 170 Oak St. to purchase (5) Pre-paid bags for $14.50. Ashland & Talent residents can purchase bags at an additional discount (5 for $10.00) from October 20 - November 3. Quanities limited to two sets per household and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Thanks to the cities of Talent & Ashland Public Works, Ashland Conservation Commission & Recology Ashland Sanitary Service. For more information go to or call 541- 482-1471.

Conservation Commission links:

Current Projects

Commission Goals for 2013-2014

Urban Composting Classes

Annual Awards

For a complete list of the various conservation programs available to residents and businesses within Ashland, please go to


Length of Term
Meets 4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Community Development Building, 51 Winburn Way
Members (3 year terms expiring April 30)

Email Address
Term Begin
Term End
Thomas Beam   Commissioner   10/20/2010   04/30/2015  
Roxane Beigel-Coryell   SOU Representative - Vice Chair      
Risa Buck   Recology Representative      
Adam Hanks   Staff Liaison      
Jim Hartman   School District Representative      
Marni Koopman   Commissioner - Chair   08/08/2012   04/30/2016  
James McGinnis   Commissioner   08/21/2007   04/30/2015  
Rich Rosenthal   Council Liaison      
Shel Silverberg   Commissioner   04/01/2013   03/31/2017  
Bryan Sohl   Commissioner   04/01/2014   03/31/2018  
Mark Weir   Commissioner    11/15/2011   04/30/2015  

Calendar Events
Conservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Meeting of the Conservation Commission. Rescheduled due to holidays.  (Read more)
Conservation Commission Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Regular meeting of the Conservation Commission.  (Read more)
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Conservation Commission Meeting - Dec 17
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