Western Slope Conservation Center

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


February Pints & Public Lands

You're invited to join the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance at our monthly virtual Pints & Public Lands happy hour on Thursday, February 25th from 6 to 7 pm. This month we'll chat briefly about the CORE Act and what it could mean for the North Fork Valley. Then we'll hear from Chris Caskey, founder of Delta Brick & Climate Company, about the coal mine methane recapture element of the bill and

North Fork Public Lands Issues, In January

As we start the year of 2021 with a renewed sense of hope for the future of our environment and public lands, President Biden has taken charge and enacted a fleet of Executive Orders paving the way for the United States to become a leader in the climate movement. While Executive Orders are a great first step, we must push for more to follow. Below, we hope to outline a couple of items enacted by

Join Our Team as the 2021-22 Outreach VISTA!

The Western Slope Conservation Center is seeking applications for year three of our Outreach on the Western Slope VISTA. The Western Slope Conservation Center is a 43-year-old grassroots non-profit organization in Paonia, Colorado, that works to build an active and aware community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water, and wildlife of the Lower Gunnison Watershed. We are seeking an organized, highly self-motivated individual with skills in volunteer coordination, event planning, social media marketing,

Complete WSCC’s Mike’s Hikes Survey!

We Want to Hear From You! As we approach our fourth season of Mike's Hikes, we want to hear from you. Have you joined us before? What did you like? What should we change? In an effort to meet the interests of our members, we are reaching out to find ways to improve this for 2021 and beyond. Fill out our Mike's Hike survey and let us know what you think! {{ vc_btn: title=Complete+the+Survey+Here&style=3d&size=lg&align=center&button_block=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fdocs.google.com%252Fforms%252Fd%252F1xecpgfWrosFbzG4GHKlS3ShrhmLHn6tfOmQwKm5yPXE%252Fedit%253Fts%253D5fcd4929%2526gxids%253D7628%7C%7C%7C }}



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.