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The upper John Day Subbasin represents a unique opportunity to restore and protect critical fish and wildlife habitat in the Columbia River Basin.  Given the subbasin’s exclusive wild anadromous fish management, lack of mainstem impoundments, and rural population base, the John Day watershed may be the ultimate location for proving that fish population recovery is possible without artificial production. The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribes) have been actively engaged in habitat management in the John Day Subbasin to protect their Treaty Rights as well as their cultural and natural resources. The Oxbow Conservation Area and the Forrest Conservation Area were purchased by the Tribes in April 2001 and July 2002, respectively, with mitigation funding from the Bonneville