Medford, Oregon (July 18, 2022)—Pat Acklin, Professor Emerita of Geography and Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University, will present the Windows in Time lecture “Rogue River Preserve: Deep Roots in Jackson County History” on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 12 Noon–1:00 p.m. at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and online via the Zoom video conferencing app. All are welcome to attend this free lecture; registration is required. 

Acklin will explain how the Rogue River Preserve is recognized by naturalists and conservationists in Southern Oregon as one of the most important natural areas in the upper Rogue Valley. These 2.4 miles of unbroken and largely intact forest along the Rogue River are located north of Dodge Bridge on Highway 234. 

A resident of the Rogue Valley since 1971, Pat Acklin has taught local geography and land use planning for 25 years. She was also employed as a Land Use Planner and Sanitarian/Soil Scientist for what is now Jackson County Development Services and as Citizen Involvement Coordinator for a regional transportation planning effort coordinated by the Rogue Valley Council of Governments. 

Program registration can be found at  This program will also be screened live at additional library locations; search “Watch With Us” at to find a screening near you. A recording of the program will later be made available on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel; subscribe at  

The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. The lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 773-6536 or or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or 

Image: Courtesy of Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. View to the south, southwest of the Preserve featuring the floodplain forest and Elk Island, also part of the Preserve.