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

Native Species of the Week

Castilleja linariaefolia (Indian paintbrush)

Image by Wikipedia & CCBY

The Indian paintbrush also known as prairie fire looks as if it’s been dipped in bright red paint. Colors can range from bright red, orange and sometimes yellow.  They are considered a semi-parasitic plant because they will thrive off neighboring flowers and plant species to survive. There are nearly 200 species of the flower.  The Indian paintbrush was adopted as the state flower of Wyoming in 1917.











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