Western Slope Conservation Center

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


William Perry Pendley Out as Head of BLM, says Montana Judge

Court in Montana Removes the "Acting Director" from Office On Friday, 9/25, Chief Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana declared that William Perry Pendley has unlawfully served as acting BLM director for 424 days, and removed him from that position. The order bars Pendley from continuing to perform the duties as BLM director, which now must be only performed by Sec. David Bernhardt until a new BLM Director is nominated. The

Mike’s Hikes #7: Potter Canyon

Potter Canyon: Monday, October 12th Overview: Join John Zachman on Monday, October 12th for an archeology-themed hike. The canyon walls rise about 500-800 feet above the canyon floor. Geologically, the lower layer is the Morrison Formation and the top layer is the Burro Canyon formation. On a previous Mike's Hike up a neighboring canyon, Geologists, Dr. Noe, mentioned that both of these rock geological layers were very promising for finding dinosaur tracks. The Morrison formation,

WSCC files lawsuit against “energy dominance” plan for Uncompahgre RMP

(Denver, CO) Sept. 15, 2020 – Public land conservation groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado today challenging the Trump administration’s land use plan for the Uncompahgre region. The plan opens vast areas of western Colorado, including the North Fork Valley, to oil and gas drilling while failing to protect wilderness quality public lands, wildlife habitat and other natural resources. Senator Michael Bennet has committed to working with

North Delta Ditch Habitat Replacement Project

In 2019, WSCC collaborated with North Delta Irrigation Company (North Delta Ditch) to plant over 1000 trees and improve over 40 acres of habitat along the Uncompahgre River near Delta, Co.  The project was completed in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Basinwide Salinity Program. the program allows irrigation companies to improve water efficiency and reduce salt loading into the Colorado River Basin. When ditch companies get funded through the BOR program to pipe their



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.