Western Slope Conservation Center

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

Stand at the Summit 2021

Stand at the Summit Two valleys, one landscape On Thursday, September 30th, join Western Slope Conservation Center, Wilderness Workshop, High Country Conservation Advocates and Colorado Farm and Food Alliance for a conversation about the shared issues our valleys are facing. The event will feature comments from community leaders, live music, and snacks and libations from both valleys. Camping is welcome and encouraged after the event is completed. Please bring a personal camping chair and/or blanket

GMUG Draft Forest Plan Published – Take Action Today!

THE FOREST PLAN HAS BEEN RELEASED On August 13, 2021 the U.S. Forest Service released its draft revised forest plan for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest. This initiated a 90-day comment period that will conclude on November 11th, 2021. Forest Plans provide a general framework to guide a national forest in managing its resources, goods and services. Because Forest Plans are usually revised every two decades, this process will likely shape

Support conservation! And maybe even win a backcountry camp set-up…

WSCC is raffling off a brand new Seek Outside Redcliff 6-person tent with a custom Welfelt Fabrication stove, camp chairs and table, plus 2 Seek Outside Lanner 5400 backpacks! With an overall value of $2,821, we're selling your chance to win for $20 a ticket or $100 for 6 tickets.  The drawing will be held on October 30, 2021 at 8pm at Big B's Delicious Orchard CIDERFEST 39126 Hwy 133, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Read more

Trail Days Are Back! Join us on July 22nd and on July 29th

Care about our local trails? Want to give back and put some boots on the ground? Join us for two upcoming trail workdays on our National Forests. In coordination and collaboration with The Nature Connection and the US Forest Service, WSCC will be hosting two trail days on Thursday, July 22nd and Thursday, July 29th on Gunnison National Forest. RSVP below to get signed up! Work will include brushing, lopping, and clearing the Dark Canyon



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.