COVID-19 Update

For the health and safety of our staff, families and communities, beginning March 16th the North Fork John Day Watershed Council will be implementing a number of precautions to decrease potential exposure and/or transmission of COVID-19. Until further notice, the NFJDWC is closing our office to public visitors (staff only).

We thank our landowners, communities and partners for your understanding and look forward to reopening to the public as soon as possible.

Community Focused, Landscape Reflected

The North Fork John Day Watershed Council was formed by local citizens in 1995 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2006. Our mission is to plan, fund and implement programs that protect the health of our watershed, honor tribal treaty rights and provide long-term stability for the individuals and communities that rely on the watershed’s natural resources. Through restoration, monitoring and outreach, we seek to foster an understanding that upland and riparian habitat improvement, weed management and other conservation efforts are vital to the social and economic fabric of the area.

Our Operating Area

Created by: North Fork John Day WC

Address: 691 N HWY 395

Long Creek, OR 9t7856

Date L 3/25/2016

The water flowing out of the Blue Mountains travels approximately 284 miles through mixed forests, open range and striking geology before it spills into the Columbia River. This free-flowing river is the third longest undammed waterway in the nation. While traversing the North Fork Sub-basin, water spills from 8,300 feet at the highest point to 1,800 feet at Kimberly discharging 60% of the entire John Day River flow. The continental climate brings nine inches of precipitation to the low lands and as much as 40 inches in the mountain providing for varied scenery and ecology.

The land is 73% forested, 24% open, 2% cropland, and 1% in other uses. There are 122,000 acres of wilderness, 80.8 miles of scenic river, a 29,000 acre scenic area, and a 13,000 acre Wildlife Management Area. Public land constitutes 65% of the basin.

Local Lands, Local Answers

Community Focused, Landscape Reflected. Our goal is to connect with and serve landowners in a way that benefits the community and the environment. NFJDWC offers many services to assist landowners in stewardship and conservation, from mapping and printing to restoration project development. 

Our organization has participated in a variety of monitoring efforts within the John Day Basin for more than 10 years with the goal of continued watershed health. NFJDWC is active in monitoring water quality and upland vegetation and habitat to ensure restoration is guided by the best available scientific data.

In-stream and upland restoration is at the core of the North Fork John Day Watershed Council's mission. We partner with organizations and private stakeholders with diverse interests to promote balanced watershed restoration, habitat conservation, resource management, and sustainable land stewardship.

We are very active in helping develop the next generation of land stewards and environmental advocates, and we do this via the John Day Basin Conservation Corps. This program helps provide natural resource work experience, related technical skills, networking opportunities, and much more to military veterans and local youth.

The NFJDWC takes pride in participating in our local community. We do this by taking part in and hosting volunteer events with our partners and communities. Our education program is community oriented as well, involving local schools and community partners to deliver experiential learning opportunities throughout the community to local K-12 youth.


Looking for a way to get outside this fall? The NFJDWC is recruiting volunteers to plant trees on Camp Creek, October 20-30. Please contact Javan Bailey at for more information. We'd appreciate all the help we can get! 

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Contact Information

691 N HWY 395

PO Box 444

Long Creek, OR 97856

(541) 421-3018

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