RIVER & PUBLIC LANDS ACCESS

WESTERN COLORADO IS A SPECIAL PLACE.


Colorado’s western slope’s greatest assets lay in our public lands and waters. Our livelihoods have been built on the availability of clean water, healthy forests, rich geology, and fertile soils. As our traditional economies have been supplemented by industries like organic farming, recreation, and tourism, our public lands and waters continue to support our way of life. The Conservation Center is dedicated to protecting and enhancing these resources and access to them to ensure that the Lower Gunnison Watershed remains healthy and intact for generations to come.

The Western Slope Conservation Center works to ensure the health and access of our public lands. Check out all of our current projects and campaigns:


USFS FOREST PLAN REVISION

Working with United States Forest Service

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests are a combination of separate National Forests located on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. These three combined Forests cover 3,161,900 acres of public land in the central and southern Rocky Mountains.

THOMPSON DIVIDE LEASE EXCHANGE

Help us protect the western slope from Oil & Gas

An exchange of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide region for leases on public lands in western Colorado counties has a been a hotly contested dispute. The Western Slope Conservation Center added its voice…

GUNNISON PUBLIC LANDS INITIATIVE

Working to protect our public lands now for future generations

Gunnison County offers beautiful landscapes, fabulous recreation, clean water, and majestic wildlife. The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative is a a coalition of community…

BLM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Take Action with Us!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a sprawling resource management plan for 567,000 acres of its public land, mostly in scattered parcels along the Colorado and Eagle rivers, but also in the valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

BEETLE KILL & ASPEN DECLINE

Spruce Beetles & Aspen Decline Have Been Devastating

A combination of warm winters and low precipitation has proven deadly for many of our tree species and proven devastating.Within the last decade, these forests and many others have been under attack from a variety of insects and diseases.