Western Slope Conservation Center

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


What is Wilderness?

Wilderness with a capital "W" For those of us in the lower Gunnison watershed, a weekend activity usually starts with the short drive up Kebler Pass, just east of Paonia, to one of the many hiking trails in the area. Upon parking the car, and hiking a short distance past the trailhead into the forest, one may come across a small sign off to the side of the trail. It usually reads "Entering a Wilderness

Update! – Delta County Land Use Plan

The whirlwind process of the Delta County Land Use Regulations is continuing. The certified draft of the land use regulations is now available for public comment here. Although some important updates have been made, we believe more is needed. DECEMBER 3RD: Check out WSCC's letter to county commissioners. ACTION ALERT- WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE INVOLVED WITH THESE REGULATIONS Public comments are now being accepted until December 14th. Email your comments to the County Commissioners and

UPDATE- Wildlife Need Your Voice in the COGCC Oil and Gas Rulemakings

UPDATE: Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Adopts New Rules, Increase Protections for Wildlife This week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) finalized several new rules to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Coloradoans and the environment. The monumental rule change will protect the lower Gunnison watershed's big game habitat and migration corridors, which are critical to our local economy. This would not have been possible without the amazing effort from all

UPDATE: Do You Love Colorado State Parks?

UPDATE: Governor Polis Officially Opens Fishers Peak State Park in Trinidad, CO Today marks the soft opening of Fishers Peak State Park in Las Animas County - the last state park designation was in 2013. The soft opening today is another example of the Polis Administration leading the nation in wildlife and habitat conservation and ensuring that world-renowned outdoor recreation opportunities in our state meet the needs of many, remain sustainable and alleviate conflicts 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.