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

Nature Club Detectives

Next Meeting Friday December 11th @

1 p.m.

Meeting Jane Goodall

image1On Thursday October 15th, 8 students from Grant County joined hundreds of young people from around Oregon to present a display of their field studies and listen to keynote speaker, Jane Goodall.  Students from Grant County included Cody Baker, Jayne Davis, and Curits Perry from Long Creek; Ryan Cook, Sophia Pettit, and Aubrey Werner from Monument, and Kade Blood, and Tyler Blood from Grant Union.

The opportunity was organized by the North Fork John Day Watershed Council.  Elaine Eisenbraun, Executive Director of the Watershed said, “This was a rare opportunity for young people.  When a long-time contact from the Diack Foundation, called and asked if we could bring some students to meet Dr. Goodall, I knew without hesitation that Grant County would participate.  Our Watershed Council runs a very special youth program dedicated to helping kids kindle a personal, lifelong spark of enthusiasm for the outdoors.  I think the students who attended, have a very special memory to carry through life.”

Dr. Goodall, among her many accomplishments, runs a non-profit organization called “Roots and Shoots” that encourages young people to take on pojrects that can help local communities, landscapes, and wildlife.  The Watershed Council will now be a local member of Roots and Shoots and continues working with these and other young people in the area who are enthusiastic about improving their world.

Native Species of the Week

The Sitka Spruce Tree

Photo Courtesy of Aaron, Tolovana Park, Oregon

The Sitka spruce tree is a needled evergreen that lives in many regions of North America.  Unlike some of their relatives such as the pine tree, the spruce tree’s cones face downward.  Some spruce trees can live to be up to seven hundred years old!  Sitka are the tallest of the spruce species and have reached over three hundred feet tall.  Because of their light bark, they were used for WWII aircraft and Native Americans also used them for building their canoes. Today they are popularly used for Christmas tree, stringed instrument manufacturing and sailors have used them for masts on their ships. 

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