About Western Slope Conservation Center

Western Slope Conservation Center is based in Paonia, CO and works to build an aware and active community that protects, preserves and enhances the natural, human and economic resources of the North Fork of the Gunnison and the Lower Gunnison Watersheds. Founded 35 years ago, this organization takes a community-directed, solution-focused approach to watershed restoration and river rehabilitation. Their 400 members include ranchers, academics, retired coal miners, farmers, orchardists, small business owners, artists and artisans. This group also works to promote, steward and advocate for the National Conservation Lands in their area, which include Dominguez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge national conservation areas.

From the blog

  • 04.1.14

    DOI/VISTA Volunteer: An Opportunity for Your Organization?

    Has your non-profit “friends” group considered applying for a VISTA volunteer to work with your organization? The U.S. Department of Interior Volunteers in Service to America (DOI/VISTA) initiative offers full-time, college-trained volunteers to serve with sponsoring organizations. They write grants, recruit and train volunteers, interpret data, foster and nurture partnerships, … read more

  • 12.9.13

    Successful Step for Colorado’s North Fork Valley

    Marking a huge milestone in an 18-month organizing effort, Western Slope Conservation Center and an array of local stakeholders in the Paonia, CO region have successfully asked the local BLM office to analyze and include their “North Fork Alternative” in the region’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) process. BLM staff agreed … read more

  • 09.9.13

    Advocates and Ambassadors: Western Slope Conservation Center, Paonia, CO

    For 35 years, the Western Slope Conservation Center has been at the forefront of recycling programs, river restoration projects, responsible coal mining, natural gas issues, organizing hundreds of public events and outings, sustaining more than a decade of water quality sampling, and stewarding public lands throughout Colorado’s North Fork of … read more