North Fork John Day Watershed Council: Community Focused, Landscape Reflected!

Eons ago, the mighty John Day River carved out a grand landscape that, today, provides a rich community of geology, plants, animals and people. The North Fork John Day Watershed takes pride in supporting the ecosystems and communities of this magnificent setting through restoration, education, landowner assistance and community service. We are a private non-profit organization that inspires awareness of the landscape and success of the people who call this landscape home.

We welcome you to become familiar with the sights and happenings here in the shadow of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Learn about the ecology. View some of our restoration projects. Participate in our learning opportunities.

What’s Happening

Long Creek Nature Detectives Club ~ You can be a nature detective! 

Beginning Friday October 2nd, at 11:30 AM, all youth are invited to gather for a nature club.  We will meet at least one non-school Friday a month. Here youth can explore nature including: bugs, adopt a wild animal, plant a spring butterfly garden, the planets, nature journals and much more!  Come and join us! For more information contact Lineah @ 541.620.1072


Native Species of the Week


Photo Courtesy of Alan Vernon

The huckleberry plant is found throughout the mountains of Eastern Oregon. Huckleberries prefer high elevations anywhere between 3,500 and 7,000 ft.   They are commonly sought for their fruit, which is a small, round and dark berry.  Huckleberries are often used in foods such as jams, tea, candy, and pie.  Their taste is desired by humans and animals, especially bears.  In tribal cultures huckelberries were used for medicinal purposes and also had spiritual meanings.  Before picking and eating the berries, the Kootenai tribe of Montana would have a special bear dance to celebrate the huckleberry and bear.  Why the bear? The huckleberry can provide up to nearly one third of a grizzly bear’s food substance!

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