What We Do

Landowner Assistance:

The North Fork John Day Watershed Council has over 14 years of experience assisting landowners with restoration projects. Our portfolio includes:  spring development, juniper removal, fencing, weed treatment, plantings, aspen restoration, historic mine remediation, fish passage enhancement, in-stream habitat improvements such as large wood placement, and much more! Our project managers work to develop cost-effective plans by connecting landowners with local, state, and national resources. Visit our Projects page to learn more about what we do!

We work with both private and public landowners. The NFJDWC is a non-regulatory and non-governmental organization, so private landowners can come to us for assistance without fear of government regulation or oversight of their land.

If you have a land or water problem, please stop in for a visit and tell us about it! There is no fee, and we would be excited to help you find a solution!


Youth Programs:

The North Fork John Day Watershed Council believes in outdoor education for young and old alike. We offer a variety of youth programs throughout the year including summer employment as part of the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. Summer youth crews participate in local conservation and restoration projects and learn about natural resource careers. In addition to the financial return for their labors, these youth gain valuable work experience and new skills. During the school year, the NFJDWC hosts the Blue Mountain Field Institute in partnership with Grant County schools and the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps. Through this program, youth can earn college tuition vouchers while participating in conservation projects and learning about environmental stewardship. Visit Youth Programs to learn more!



The North Fork John Day Watershed Council conducts monitoring for a variety of projects. Our staff collect stream temperature, flow, and macroinvertebrate data as part of the Middle Fork of the John Day River IMW (Intensively Monitored Watershed). Click here to learn more about the NFJDWC’s work on the IMW in 2016. The NFJDWC has participated in this study since it began in 2008. Our staff also monitors leafy spurge abundance on private lands to determine the effectiveness of chemical treatment and biological control. Leafy spurge is an invasive weed that is also toxic to cattle and horses. Additionally, the NFJDWC deploys acoustic detectors in the spring and summer to monitor the presence of bird and bat species in the area.

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