The mission of the Western Slope Conservation Center is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.
We strive for integrity in all of our efforts. We are accountable to our mission, membership, donors, partners, and the public.
We will use reliable, relevant, and the best-available scientific research to guide our decisions whenever possible.
We strive to include the active involvement of the people and partners who are linked to the ecosystems we endeavor to protect. We consider the needs and values of our community. We build relationships based on trust and mutual benefit.
We use informed debate and creative problem solving to develop locally appropriate solutions to complex conservation problems.
We are heavily engaged in important public lands planning processes currently underway across the Western Slope, from BLM to USFS to Delta County. These plans will shape our home for years to come, and we need your help! READ MORE
From water quality monitoring to invasive species removal to increasing recreational opportunities, we are committed to fostering healthy river and riparian corridors on the Western Slope! READ MORE
Have you heard about the Youth Outdoor Network? We are committed to creating opportunities for local youth to enjoy the great outdoors and explore career opportunities in the natural resources sector. READ MORE
Our organization began in 1977 when neighbors joined to stop coal mines from dumping waste next to the river. Over the years our mission broadened to include protection of water resources, public lands, and human health. In 2010, we merged with a watershed group that has a history of river restoration, water monitoring, and education. We focus on issues concerning Delta County and the North Fork Valley, focusing particularly on water quality, protection of our public lands, and education and outreach.