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. Find our bylaws and policies/procedures on the Operations tab.

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 funding for projects at the landowners' and land managers' request.

Common project types include juniper removal, upland water developments, riparian enhancements, aspen enhancement, youth education, educational workshops and field tours, research & data collection, forest and rangeland health treatments, and noxious weed control.

Council staff and projects are solely funded through grants. See the Programs & Projects 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 | 541-620-5739