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

  • North Fork John Day Summer Youth Crew 2015

    Watch carefully as you drive the forests and fields of Grant County. You might see a special sight: Young adults employed by the North Fork John Day Watershed Council are hard at work in our fields and forests this summer. The woods are humming with the busy sound of projects being accomplished across the County. Click below to read more about the projects the crew have been working on.

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  • Haiku

    The NFJDWC recently submitted a Haiku Poem about the Lunch and Learn Program to the Oregon Community Foundation Facebook contest for Grantseekers. The results will come out the week of August 10th. Check out our submission by clicking below!

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Native Species of the Week

Lewisia rediviva Bitterroot 

Photo Courtesy of J. Brew

The Bitterrroot, is a beautiful flower that ranges in color from white to deep pink or purple.  They have an average of six to nine petals and stand five to ten centimeters tall.  They were first noted in the Lewis & Clark’s journals in 1805 during initial explorations of the west.  Native American Tribes would use Bitterroot roots for a specialty food and for trade.  In 1895 the Bitterroot was declared the state flower of Montana and has been long recognized in this state as a gem among wildflowers. 

 



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