Public Lands

One of the greatest assets of our region is the extensive public lands that protect and manage the many natural resources found here.  These lands are managed by federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Forest Service (USFS), and National Park Service (NPS).  The Colorado Parks and Wildlife also manages public wildlife areas, recreation areas, and parks.

The Conservation Center works to protect public rights and access to our public lands. Not only do these lands provide recreational, grazing, and water resources for locals, they also offer a huge economic benefit from tourists who also come to enjoy the region’s public lands. People come for the world-class wildlife viewing, hunting, river sporting, hiking, skiing, scenic touring, not to mention the fresh air, wide open spaces, and local and organic farms, ranches, and vineyards. All of these tourist attractions are available thanks to the shared management and enjoyment of our public lands!

To achieve our goals, the Conservation Center actively collaborates with agencies, ranchers, business owners, non-profits, recreationists, and industry, to ensure the public lands of the Lower Gunnison watershed are healthy and intact for generations to come.

We promote and protect our National Conservation Landspreserve public access, engage in public land planning efforts, and work to keep our forests healthy..