Projects

Youth Stewardship: Summer and school year programs to engage local youth with environmental stewardship (see Youth Programs for more information).

Intensively Monitored Watershed: Cooperative monitoring project to collect data such as water temperature, stream flow, etc. to study the effects of restoration work on the Middle Fork John Day River. The North Fork John Day Watershed Council has been a founding partner of the IMW, helping to design and implement each piece through cooperation and applied sweat.  Please visit the News Section section of the web site to learn what is current, or Visit the Middle Fork IMW website.

Big Mosquito Riparian Enhancement: The North Fork John Day Watershed Council and The Malheur National Forest partnered to restore wet meadow storage capacity in the Big Creek Sub-watershed. Youth Crews were used to fill incised gullies with wood debris to push the water table back up to the meadow floor. This is an innovative approach to wet meadow restoration and we are excited to see the long-term results of the work. Read More…

Leafy Spurge Treatment: Ongoing project using biological controls and traditional chemical treatment to reduce infestations of invasive leafy spurge on Cottonwood Creek.

Blakeslee Push-up Dam Removal: Removing a temporary push-up dam that has impeded fish passage and re-configuring the irrigation system at the site.

Umatilla Forest Collaborative: The NFJDWC hosts a multi-stakeholder interest group tackling management issues associated with the Umatilla National Forest.

Long Creek Aspen Restoration: Restoring declining aspen stands outside Long Creek and Fox by fencing them to protect them from grazing animals and removing encroaching junipers that compete for light and resources.

Fox Creek: Ongoing project to restore a section of Fox Creek immediately west of Highway 395, improving fish habitat by installing step pools, reshaping eroded banks, and more.

Camas Creek Restoration Planning: Landowner outreach in the Ukiah area to develop a collaborative approach to restoring Camas Creek.

Channel Creek/Clear Creek/Corral Creek: Replacement of two culverts, placement of large woody debris, and decommissioning of unused roads on the Wallowa-Whitmann National Forest. Floodplain function, water quality and fish passage are all being addressed.

Deep Creek/Bull Run Creek: Replacement of two culverts and a channel realignment on the Wallowa-Whitmann National Forest to improve stream function and create fish passage where there was none before. Read More…

Indian Creek: Culvert replacement on the Umatilla National Forest to improve fish passage and restore proper stream function.

Red Boy Mine Bench Test: Toxic mine discharge is being conditioned and treated. We are using various methods of treatment to provide valuable data on the effectiveness of treating acidic water before it flows into a fish-bearing stream.

Summit & Reed Fires: Understory thinning on the Malheur National Forest to promote growth and prevent future catastrophic wildfires in an area that has been severely burned in the past. Thinning, hand-piling and controlled burning will be conducted to reduce fuel loads in areas of abundant regenerative growth.

Desolation Creek Habitat Enhancement Project: The project is located in the Desolation Creek sub-watershed on lands owned and operated by the Desolation Creek, LCC. Elk migrating from high in the Blue Mountains to their projected 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 through funding by:  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Blue Mountain Elk Initiative, and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.


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