Western Slope Conservation Center

Conserving the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Western Slope since 1977

FROM OUR BLOG

Celebrate Our Watershed at Riverfest 2024!

22nd ANNUAL RIVERFEST and Community Fair AND FLOAT TRIP A collaboration between Western Slope Conservation Center, Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, and The Learning Council @ PAONIA RIVER PARK JUNE 1-2, 2024 Celebrate our watersheds and let the Western Slope float your boat! {{ vc_btn: title=Looking+to+lend+a+hand%3F+We+will+need+quite+a+few%21+Sign+up+for+a+VOLUNTEER+SHIFT+%28or+2%29+here.&color=chino&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fsignup.com%252Fgo%252FJoZwNGT%7C%7C%7C }} FESTIVAL SATURDAY, JUNE 1 (4:00-10:00 PM) PAONIA RIVER PARK *Free and open to the public* Get ready to party and celebrate our watershed at the 22nd Annual Riverfest

Protections for major portions of the North Fork Valley to be included in the GORP Act

On Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, the Delta County Board of Commissioners voted to support the Gunnison  Outdoor Resources Protection Act (GORP) and the inclusion of what would be significant, permanent protections for the North Fork Valley.  This represents a major step toward addressing the threat of oil and gas development in and around the North Fork Valley communities of Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge. Building on years of efforts, the Western Slope Conservation (WSCC) worked

NORTH FORK VALLEY DELEGATION BACK FROM DC

Community leaders met with senior-level federal officials Representatives from western Colorado’s North Fork Valley are back home after another successful trip to Washington DC. Each year the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance, Western Slope Conservation Center and the Valley Organic Growers Association sends a delegation to the nation’s capital to discuss issues impacting the Western Slope.  “Over the last decade this annual trip of leaders from the North Fork area to Washington DC has had

GMUG Forest Plan Objection Resolution Meetings

The final chance for individuals and organizations to comment on the GMUG Forest Management Plan was during the February 21 and 22 Objection Resolution Meetings. WSCC Board members Russ Zick and Mike Burkley had an opportunity to clarify WSCC’s objections that we submitted along with our coalition partners back in October 2023. Specifically, the two main objections centered on the Plan’s Timber Suitability and Recommended Wilderness.  Timber Suitability: Our coalition partners contended that the suitability

PROGRAM AREAS

WHO WE ARE

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 informed and engaged community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Western Slope.

We envision landscapes defined by resilient ecological systems, where water management, agricultural practices, and recreation opportunities allow people and the environment to flourish.

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PAONIA RIVER PARK

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.

WATER QUALITY

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

LOCAL MAPPING

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.