Greenway Projects


Temporary Bear Creek Greenway Closure

In an effort to safely perform much needed fuel reduction work in the southern portion of the Bear Creek Greenway, the trail will be closed to public access Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday, April 10, 2024.  The closure will be limited to the section of trail between Wrangler’s Arena along Highway 99, just north of Ashland to the bridge over Bear Creek between Wrangler’s Arena and Talent (between mile markers 11 and 12).  Signage will clearly mark the closed areas. 

Users are required to remain out of the area while work is occurring for their safety, and the safety of contracted crews.  The trail will reopen when crews have completed work in the area, which is expected to occur later this month.

Current/Ongoing Projects

Greenway Fuel Reduction Project

 Work is set to begin Monday, April 1 aimed at reducing hazardous fuels left over from the Almeda Fire on the Bear Creek Greenway.

The project will reduce dry, woody material on the ground, mitigate the dangers associated standing dead trees, and create limited access for fire and natural resource restoration officials to reach areas for work, including ongoing invasive species control and future fire suppression efforts. Work will begin on publicly owned lands along the Greenway between Ashland and Talent and continue north, ending in Phoenix later this year.

The project is a joint effort between the cities of Talent, Phoenix, and Jackson County, made possible due to funding provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s 2023 Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.   Project managers are collaborating with fire and natural resource professionals in this effort.  The project will be managed by The Freshwater Trust, under contract with Jackson County.

The project will result in limited closures of the greenway path over the next several months for the safety of users. Temporary closure information and project updates will be shared via the News and Information links on the Jackson County website.  Users can subscribe to receive updates via email when they are posted.