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

  • Hiring Summer Youth Conservation Crew Members

    Are you looking for a summer job that will give you the chance to give back to your community while learning new skills in the field of natural resources and building your resume? The North Fork John Day Watershed Council is hiring youth ages 14-24 to staff our three summer conservation crews. One based out of Long Creek and two based out of John Day. Crew members will work full-time Monday through Friday under the supervision of a crew leader on a variety of natural resources projects, including (but not limited to) bike trail maintenance and stream crossing features, invasive weed surveys and eradication, wilderness trail and campsite surveys, wildlife fence removal, and data collection. Crew members may receive training on tool safety, navigating and collecting data using a GPS unit, identifying invasive weeds, and more.

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  • North Fork John Day Watershed Council Monitoring Program Discovers New Invasive Species in John Day River

    During recent intensive monitoring efforts on the Middle Fork of the John Day River, the NFJDWC collected an invasive species known as the European ear snail.

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Native Species of the Week

Aquilegia formosa (western columbine)

Image courtesy of Franco Folini

The western columbine is a short lived perennial that grows in the spring and early summer. It is adaptable to many environmental conditions both mountainous and coastal.  It has a history of being used by indigenous people in various parts of the United States and Canada for a variety of purposes ranging from medical therapies to good luck.  Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies love this flower because of its sweet nectar. 












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