South Fork John Day Watershed Council

Advice from a River - Go with the Flow. Immerse yourself in nature. Slow Down and Meander. Go around the obstacles. Be thoughtful of those downstream. Stay Current. The beauty is in the journey. - Ilan Shamir


Council Mission

The South Fork John Day Watershed Council is a non-regulatory and non-governmental non-profit that works with private landowners and public land managers in the South Fork John Day River watershed. Our services are available to all landowners and land managers in the watershed and are entirely voluntary. 

The Council's mission is to maintain and enhance the health of the South Fork John Day River watershed and the long term economic stability of the region, foster a better understanding of the multiple resources, represent broad and diverse geographies and interests, and work collaboratively to carry out voluntary watershed restoration activities. 

Our staff assist in planning and applying for grant funding for projects that landowners and land managers want accomplished on their properties. Common project types: Juniper Removal, Upland Water Developments, Riparian Enhancements, Aspen Enhancement, Youth Education, Educational Workshops and Field Tours, Research & Data Collection, Forest and Rangeland Health Treatments, Noxious Weed Control, and Irrigation Efficiency.

Council staff and projects are solely funded through grants from private foundations and governmental organizations. See the "About Us" tab for a list of current project and funding partners.

If you have project ideas in the South Fork John Day watershed, please stop by our office or give us a call!


150 East Main Street, Suite 102, John Day, Oregon 97845, 541-792-0435