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Trail Information

 Asw of As Dates and Trails/Roads Impacted
Monday, August 27th Commercial thinning in the No Candies Trail/ Skyline Mine Ridge/FS 400 Road area is completed and the area is no longer closed to the public. However, work crews will continue to pile brush there through the remainder of the week. Though the trails are open, trail users are advised to use caution. ***Please note: Helicopter thinning will begin this October. Recreationalists are encouraged to utilize trails on the west side of the watershed now, as access will be restricted this Fall due to helicopter thinning operations. 
 
During the week of Monday, September 17th - Work crews will begin commercial thinning along Tolman Creek Road near the interesection of Siskiyou Summit Road/NF - 2080 road and FS - 600 (roughly 1 mile before Four Corners). Recreationalists can expect to encounter temporary delays at this interesection and down Tolman Creek Road due to log truck traffic along this route. ******
Dates and Trails/Roads Impacted (***Last updated 6/10/2014)
Crews will be cutting trees near and along Toothpick and Catwalk starting Thursday, June 12th. Initially trails will not be closed, but temporary closures will likely be necessary soon. Check back for details or sign up on the email list for notifications or "Like" www.facebook.com/AFR.Project. 
 
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MAPS - In addition to the maps provided on this website, the City is creating a collection of maps that can be printed and used to find new and popular trails in the Ashland Watershed. Check the City website to download and print maps to the trails you want to visit. New maps will be posted as soon as they are available.
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Trail users can expect to see and hear the work of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR) taking place in the watershed during weekdays and some weekends. Some things that hikers, bikers, and equestrians should be cautious of include:
  • Road Traffic. Work vehicles are traveling roads throughout the watershed including the 2060 road and other forest service roads not accessible to the public. Trucks and vans are traveling up Tolman Creek Road to Four Corners, and service vehicles and log trucks are traveling up Granite Street through the 2060 West entrance gate up past the Hitt Road entrance all the way to the Horn Gap/No Candies trail junction. 
  • Workers cutting and piling brush along roads and trails.
  • Postings at popular trailheads throughout the watershed, indicating trail and road closures and alternative trails.

Please read the information below regarding trail closures.  
 
USING CLOSED TRAILS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY!
Trail closures indicate trees in the area will be falling on or across trails.  Never remove signs or material crossing a closed trail.  Please be assured we'll reopen trails as quickly as possible; as soon as work is complete. 

Please check this website regularly (www.ashland.or.us/trailinfo) to find out about trail closures, and look out for postings at trailheads where trail closures will be publicized during closure periods. You can also receive notifications regarding trail closures by "liking" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AFR.Project or by signing up for the AFR email list at www.ashlandwatershed.org/ and clicking the “Notify Me” button.

 
 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
 
 The AFR project work will result in more open conditions in a significant portion of the lower watershed, potentially allowing “pirate” trails to develop. The Forest Service is partnering with the City, the Ashland Woodlands and Trails Association, and user groups to create a master trail plan for the watershed. In the meantime, not only are hikers and bikers asked to use caution during the project period, but it is critical that no new trails be created. Without proper planning, trails can impact fragile habitats for plants and animals as well as degrade watershed soils.  A map of all existing, authorized trails is available at the Parks and Recreation Department at 340 S Pioneer Street in Lithia Park and costs $3. Additional information and maps are available on the Forest Service website and the City of Ashland website .
 
 
INTERPRETIVE SIGNS
This July, partners of the Ashland Forest Resiliency (AFR) Stewardship Project hosted a celebration at the Lithia Swim Reservoir to thank everyone who helped with the creation and installation of the new interpretive signs at popular trailheads in the Ashland Watershed. Amongst those recognized were local contractors, artists, photographers, graphics designer, and members of the volunteer committee.

The new signs are an opportunity for the public to understand the ecological background and management strategies at work in the AFR project. The City of Ashland worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and The Nature Conservancy to include accurate and updated information. In addition, the City of Ashland coordinated citizen volunteers and received help from Southern Oregon University and the Klamath Bird Observatory.

 Look for the new signs at the Lamb Mine trailhead, Four Corners, the White Rabbit parking area, and near the Lithia Swim Reservoir. Each location has a map, regulatory information, brochures and updates, and a different message pertaining to fire ecology, ecological monitoring, natural processes, and workforce development. Take a tour of your watershed and read them all.

 

 
 

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