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

Seeking Summer Youth Crew Conservation Crew Employees

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Are you looking for an adventure?  We are looking for both crew leaders and crew members to work for an organization that makes a difference for people and natural resources in the upper John Day River.  For job description visit the following links:

  1. Technical Crew Leaders:
  2. Non-Technical Crew Leaders:
  3.  Technical Crew Members:
  4. Non-Technical Crew Members:


To all of our funders & supporters~ Thank You!

Additional Funders & Supporters

More On-Going News

Desolation Creek Project

The project is located in the Desolation Creek sub-watershed on lands owned and operated by Desolation Creek, LLC.  Elk migrating from high in the Blue Mountains to their protected winter range at Bridge Creek Wildlife Area, will soon encounter abundant rich forage and increased water supply.  In 2015, the North Fork John Day Watershed Council contracted out the surveying of 450 acres of competing noxious weeds and the herbicide treatment of 58.45 acres.  The project integrates with a broad program of spring development, forage openings, fuels reduction, and wet meadow protection.  Implementation made possible by funding through:  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Blue Mountain Elk Initiative and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. 


For more info on other ongoing projects go to our Current Projects Page 


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