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The Western Slope Conservation Center

The Western Slope Conservation Center, formerly NFRIA, has been working to restore the health of the North Fork of the Gunnison River since 1996.
The majority of our restoration efforts have taken the form of mitigation/enhancement projects focused predominantly on channel rehabilitation, irrigation diversion reconstruction and habitat restoration. These types of projects seek to replicate historical river patterns and minimize erosion with geomorphically designed enhancement efforts.  In many cases, this means slowing the river down by increasing meanders throughout the full extent of the floodplain, thereby reducing the overall slope of the channel.
Through these projects, we remove foreign materials, as well as unneeded dikes and dams. We also support a volunteer water quality monitoring team, manage the Paonia River Park, and have recently started invasive species removal work on the North Fork. 
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mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.



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