Western Slope Conservation Center

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


Trail Days Are Back! Join us on July 22nd and on July 29th

Care about our local trails? Want to give back and put some boots on the ground? Join us for two upcoming trail workdays on our National Forests. In coordination and collaboration with The Nature Connection and the US Forest Service, WSCC will be hosting two trail days on Thursday, July 22nd and Thursday, July 29th on Gunnison National Forest. RSVP below to get signed up! Work will include brushing, lopping, and clearing the Dark Canyon

Construction Begins on River Park Extension Trail

UPDATE: This week a WCCC returned for 5 weeks to complete the River Park extension trail! See attached poster for more information. Thank you to our partners who made this project possible! We are grateful to the Western Colorado Conservation Corps crew who came through the North Fork Valley a few weeks ago to clear new trail corridor for us! This was the first stage of a project to build a new trail at the

TAKE ACTION: Tell oil and gas regulators to protect Colorado’s health, safety, and communities!

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is continuing to re-write the rules to oil and gas regulations in Colorado, as required by Senate Bill 19-181. Currently, the COGCC is considering changes to how it approaches it’s Financial Assurances for oil and gas wells, similar to a security deposit for a rental house. Sign your name below to let the COGCC know they must pass strong statewide rules that require operators to pay the full

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



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.