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Several projects figure to impact Bear Creek Greenway

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Christopher Briscoe
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Mitigating pollution from the fires is the immediate concern for Bear Creek. Keeping invasive plants like blackberries at bay will be an ongoing challenge.

From Ashland to Central Point, a single park allows visitors to walk or bike or just enjoy the scenery without having to dodge motor vehicles. This is the Bear Creek Greenway, a long-established hike-and-bike-and-more green spot generally between Interstate Five and Oregon Highway 99.

The Greenway section from Ashland to Phoenix is less green these days; the Almeda Drive fire burned right up the path in 2020, destroying many trees.

Now major projects from state and local agencies could affect the Greenway further.

We hear from Jackson County Parks, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development.

Jackson County's effort is the Bear Creek Greenway Revisioning Plan, RVCOG is at work on the Bear Creek Restoration initiative, and the state effort through DLCD and ODOT is the Highway 99 and Bear Creek Greenway Corridor Revisioning. So yes, they do sound similar and are coordinating.

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