Western Slope Conservation Center

Conserving the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed since 1977!


COGCC, SB-181, & Rulemakings – What You Need to Know

Last year the Colorado General Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation to change the mission and focus of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, or the COGCC. The COGCC is the state regulatory body that oversees oil and gas development from permitting to drilling to reclamation. SB-181 – Protect Public Health and Welfare Oil & Gas Operations – “prioritizes the protection of public safety, health, welfare, and the environment in the regulation of the oil and

Keeping Colorado Wild: Polis Moves to Protect Wildlife and Habitat

UPDATE - WILDLIFE STATUS REPORT RELEASED MAY 2020 The report provides a baseline of scientific information related to the big game populations in Colorado, including mule deer, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and moose. Colorado Parks and Wildlife detailed population status and trends, seasonal habitats and migration corridors, and conservation threats and actions, including energy development, transportation, recreation, residential and commercial development. This report also includes plans to assess major gaps in data and recommendations on

Love Our Land? Celebrate with us!

Saturday, May 16 is our 4th annual CO Public Lands Day! This year, join the WSCC for a Virtual Happy Hour on Friday, May 15 at 5pm to celebrate the public lands of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. Participate in a fun public lands trivia game to see how much you know about the public lands in our area, followed by a quick call-to-action to hear about how you can advocate for them. Bring your favorite

State Officials Speak up for the North Fork

Rep. McCluskie, Sen. Donovan Raise Concerns to Secretary Bernhardt - On April 29, Colorado State Representative Julie McCluskie and Senator Kerry Donovan expressed their concerns with the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Management Plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office in a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. The letter highlights the values, resources, and economies of the North Fork Valley that are at risk of irreparable harm by the recently approved plan, and requests the



We formed in 1977 to disseminate information about regional energy development and its impacts on the region’s natural resources. Today, our mission is to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed.

As a result of our work, in 35 years the communities of the Lower Gunnison Watershed will be characterized by intact and functioning ecosystems, clean and abundant water resources, well-managed lands with the highest level of protection that they deserve, and an informed and engaged citizenry who understand the connection between the vitality of both its ecological and social communities.



Once an in-stream gravel mine, we have worked hard and received several grants to restore riparian habitat and make the Park a family-friendly recreation area.


The Conservation Center is dedicated to keeping a watchful eye on the quality of our water quality and public lands. Our stewardship program matches community volunteers with hands-on projects in the field


The data illustrated in our interactive maps tell the true story of conservation in Delta County. Layers represent oil & gas development, roadless areas, irrigation ditches and more.