ABOUT WSCC

OUR MISSION, VISION & VALUES


Based in the North Fork Valley, the Western Slope Conservation Center builds an informed and engaged community to protect and enhance the lands, air, water and wildlife of the Western Slope.

We envision landscapes defined by resilient ecological systems, where water management, agricultural practices, and recreation opportunities allow people and the environment to flourish.

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We distinguish ourselves by committing to four unique values.


Integrity

We strive to be transparent, responsible, and ethical in our actions. We are accountable to our mission, membership, donors, partners and the public.

Equity

WSCC maintains that fairness and justice depend on acknowledging social and historical context. We strive to engage the active involvement of the people and partners who are linked to the ecosystems we endeavor to protect.

Community

We seek to understand the needs and values of our community and acknowledge that communities are stronger when these shared needs and values are manifest in the culture of the organizations that serve them. We use informed debate and creative problem solving to develop locally appropriate solutions to complex conservation problems.

Resiliency

We recognize the rapidly evolving evidence of the impacts of climate change and strive to support our communities by enhancing our collective ability to be adaptable and proactive.  We will use reliable, relevant, and the best-available scientific research to guide our decisions whenever possible.

WSCC is in the process of strategic planning, to be completed in 2022. This mission, vision and values have come out of that process.

SEE OUR CURRENT 2016 STRATEGIC PLAN HERE →

The Western Slope Conservation Center focuses on three main areas of conservation here in the North Fork Valley.

PUBLIC LANDS

We are heavily engaged in important public lands planning processes currently underway across the Western Slope, from BLM to USFS to Delta County. These plans will shape our home for years to come, and we need your help!  READ MORE

WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP

From water quality monitoring to invasive species removal to increasing recreational opportunities, we are committed to fostering healthy river and riparian corridors on the Western Slope! READ MORE

EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

Have you heard about the Youth Outdoor Network? We are committed to creating opportunities for local youth to enjoy the great outdoors and explore career opportunities in the natural resources sector.     READ MORE

OUR HISTORY


Our organization began in 1977 when neighbors joined to stop coal mines from dumping waste next to the river. Over the years our mission broadened to include protection of water resources, public lands, and human health. In 2010, we merged with a watershed group that has a history of river restoration, water quality monitoring, and education. We focus on issues concerning Delta County and the North Fork Valley, focusing particularly on water quality, protection of our public lands, and education and outreach.

Click through our timeline below to see more of our work. 

The Western Slope Conservation Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are located in Paonia, CO.