Aquatic Restoration

The Malheur National Forest proposes aquatic restoration on public lands within the boundaries of the Malheur National Forest and/or adjacent lands where restoration activities would aid in the recovery of aquatic species and impaired water bodies. Aquatic restoration activities would be accomplished through the use of project specific design criteria using a consistent methodology to design, implement, monitor, and document watershed and aquatic restoration efforts.

The Aquatic Restoration Environmental Assessment (EA) found below includes a number of individual actions that, when grouped together, represent an overall watershed and fish habitat restoration program. Projects may occur at many individual sites across the Malheur National Forest, including those National Forest system lands on the Ochoco National Forest administered by the Malheur National Forest.

For additional information contact Lindsay Davies in John Day at 541-575-3474 or in Hines at 541-573-4321. 

National Environmental Policies Act

Reference Documents

Projects By District

Blue Mountain Ranger District
Prairie City Ranger District
Emigrant Creek Ranger District

Camp Valley Project

Phase I

Informational Poster

Cottonwood Creek Culvert Replacement Project:

Culvert Replacement

Project Area Map

Detailed Project Area Map

Aquatic Restoraion Proposed Activity Maps

2015 Map

2016 Map

A photo collection highlighting the Wiwaanaytt Creek project on Prairie City Ranger District 

2017 Aquatic Restoration:

Galena Aquatic Restoration Design Planning

The Blue Mountain Ranger District previously identified this high-priority area for aquatic restoration through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning process for the Big Mosquito Large Landscape Restoration Project. The Blue Mountain Ranger District of the Malheur National Forest invites you to participate planning the Galena Aquatic Restoration Project. The publics input is vital to assisting us in designing a project that will meet our goal of restoring the riparian process and function of the Middle Fork John Day River downstream of Galena, Oregon, while also recognizing the historic values of this ecologically and historically important area.

Galena Aquatic Restoration Planning Participant Meeting Document

Galena Aquatic Restoration Project Meeting #3: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 12:00-3:00 pm; Grant County Airport, John Day, OR 

Meeting Notes

Galena Aquatic Restoration Project Meeting #2: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017, 12:00-3:00 pm, Grant County Airport, John Day, OR


Galena Aquatic Restoration Project Meeting #1: Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 12:00-3:00 pm; Grant County Airport, John Day, OR


Meeting Notes
Meeting Q&A

2016 Aquatic Restoration:

2016 USFS Pacific Northwest Region Aquatic Restoration Annual Report

  • Features Camp Creek Headwaters Project on the Malheur National Forest
    Camp Creek, a vital tributary to the Middle Fork John Day River, is a Forest Priority/Focus watersheds and is identified as a high priority stream for steelhead recovery.

Camp Creek Headwaters Project 2016 Final Report