Local Projects In The Illinois Valley


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The Illinois Valley 20/20 Community Vision and Strategic Plan was developed by hundreds of residents in multiple meetings over six months in order to articulate a shared vision for our community and outline a roadmap to get there. It includes specific strategies and actions to advance eighteen priority areas. The work of implementing the Strategic Plan is done by teams of stakeholders called Action Collaboratives. See the list below for the current teams, the work they are doing, and how to contact them.

Rough and Ready Trail Improvements

The Illinois Valley Destination Ready team (composed of the I.V. Chamber of Commerce, I.V. Community Development Organization, Travel Southern Oregon, City of Cave Junction, Friends of the Oregon Caves, and the National Park Service) in collaboration with Oregon State Parks and BLM are widening and doubling the length of the wheelchair accessible trail at the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction. 

This area is recognized as one of 200 biologically outstanding ecoregions in the world and is home to a slew of rare botanical species that have adapted to the surrounding serpentine soils. Wildflower viewing peaks April-June and sunsets over the Kalmiopsis Wilderness on the banks of Rough and Ready Creek never disappoint. 

By the end of summer, visitors will enjoy the upgraded trail and the addition of artful handcrafted benches. The final phase later this year will include new interpretive signage and parking lot improvements. 

Main Street Cave Junction Oak-to-Art Project

Earlier this year, an old Oak tree outside of the Cave Junction Senior Thrift store had to be cut down for liability reasons. Since it couldn’t be saved, valley residents advocated to see it transformed! Members from the newly formed Main Street Cave Junction hopped into action and made a plan to see the 8 foot stump carved into art. 

The committee has received bids from local chainsaw artists and are now in the process of raising funds and agreeing on a final design. The theme will be nature based, such as river otters, salmon, deer, or bears.

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