Western Slope Conservation Center

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

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

Love Our Land: Celebrate CO Public Lands Day With Us!

Colorado Public Lands Day In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public lands. Colorado Public Lands Day is a day to celebrate how our public lands are central to our economy and our quality of life. Every year, we celebrate on the third Saturday of May.  The Project: Clean-up and Hike We will be traveling to a site on top of McClure Pass to

Volunteer to Help Our Local Wildlife, Part 2

Wildlife In Need Our local big game herds are in need of help. For years, elk fencing has been installed throughout the North Fork, limiting where mule deer can migrate and access water sources and habitat. These pinch points can result in wildlife-vehicle collisions, and animals getting caught in tall fences causing fatalities. WSCC is partnering with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to remove unneeded elk fencing throughout our community. With



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.