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.
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.
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.
Calypso orchid (Calypso balboas)
Image Courtesy of BLM
If you happen to be hiking in the mountains, you may just stumble across this precious flower known as the Calypso orchid. It is sometimes referred to as fairy’s or Venus’s slipper. It gets its name from the nymph Calypso in Greek mythology. It can be either pink or purple in color and lives up to five years. The Orchidacea family is one of the oldest plant families on earth.
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