Western Slope Conservation Center

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

Celebrating Pride in the Conservation Movement

You may have noticed an abundance of rainbows decorating yards, logos, and products over the course of the past week. That's because June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a time when we recognize and celebrate the positive impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. As a conservation organization, we know that issues of equality in gender and sexual orientation are in many ways closely related to

Wildly Exciting Bills in Colorado’s Legislative Session this Year

Colorado has a history of setting and achieving big, bold goals and this upcoming legislative session is no different. There are several exciting conservation bills that could impact the Western Slope: SB21-249 (Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass), HB21-1318 (Create Outdoor Equity Grant Program), HB21-1266 (Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community), and SB21-200 (Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice). If passed, these bills would protect our natural areas and invest in our communities. Colorado’s natural landscapes are

Join us on May 27th: Pints & Public Lands Virtual Happy Hour

You're invited to join us at May's Pints & Public Lands virtual happy hour on Thursday, May 27th from 6 to 7:30 pm. This month we welcome Aaron Watson from Dark Skies Paonia to chat with us about the benefits of dark skies, how public lands can protect our night skies, and what we can do to protect them here. Join us for an informative and engaging conversation and then stick around to play North

North Fork Public Lands Issues in April

As spring continues in full swing across Western Colorado, President Biden has made his climate agenda heard loud and clear with more progressive nominations and executive action which awaits congressional follow-through. Several bold plans like his Infrastructure Plan could set the US up to be a climate leader, instead of a climate-denier, which we have seen from the previous administration. Keep an eye on several of the updates this month, as they could pave 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.