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Jack-Ash Trail Project
The Ashland Resource Area Field Manager has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
and Decision Record (DR) for the
Jack-Ash Trail Project Environmental Assessment.

The decision described in the Decision Record is a general Public Land decision and is subject to appeal by the public. In accordance with Department of the Interior regulations at 43 CFR Part 4—Department Hearings and Appeals Procedures and form 1842-1, this decision may be appealed to the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA). A Notice of Appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days of publication to the office that issued this decision.

The Notice of Decision for the Jack-Ash Trail Project will be published in the Medford Mail Tribune on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Implementation of this decision may begin 30 calendar days after the public notice of this Decision Record appears in the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper.


The Jack-Ash Trail Project EA documented the analysis of the BLM’s proposal to construct 4.7 miles of new non-motorized trail and four trailheads on BLM-administered lands (Phase 1).  The proposed new trail segments are located on the upper slopes of Anderson Butte, upper- and mid-slopes of Grub Gulch, and a short segment on the lower slopes of Grub Gulch just above Sterling Creek.

Phase 1 of the Jack-Ash Trail is located south of the cities of Jacksonville and Medford, and west of the Ashland/Phoenix/Talent area. It is bordered on the west by Sterling Creek, on the south by the Little Applegate River, and on the east by Anderson Butte Road. Land in the Project Area is predominantly managed by the BLM, and all segments of proposed new trail are on BLM-administered land. The existing BLM and county roads that serve to connect the off-road segments of Phase 1 would be Anderson Creek Road (also known as Rush Creek Road) from its junction with Little Applegate Road near the Little Applegate Trailhead of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (NW 1/4 of Section 25, T 39S., R 2W), up to the junction with Anderson Butte Road (BLM Road # 38-2-24) at Section Line Gap (Section 18, T 39S., R 1W). From there the route runs northwesterly along Anderson Butte Road and then west near Grub Gulch and ends along BLM Road # 39-2-3.

Phase 1 is a portion of planned larger trail system that would ultimately provide a non-motorized trail system for equestrians, hikers, runners, and mountain bikers that would connect the cities of Jacksonville and Ashland with a trail system, primarily along the ridges and crests of the Siskiyou Mountains. Portions of the Phase 1 route that utilize existing roads to connect the larger trail route are considered shared-use routes for motorized and non-motorized use. Phase 1 connects to the existing Sterling Mine Ditch Trail to create a stand-alone loop trail.  The trailheads would be designated in areas that already receive some recreational parking use.  The trail would be accessible to all levels of non-motorized users.

Please click the Documents link in the Navigation pane to the left to view project-related documents including the Environmental Assessment, Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact.