Staff Report

Western Slope Conservation Center (WSCC) headquartered in Paonia recently welcomed Tanya Henderson as the organization’s new executive director. Scott Braden, WSCC board member, served as the interim director since June while a nationwide search was conducted.

Henderson moved to Paonia from Shoshone, California, where she worked for the Amargosa Conservancy for the past five years. She brings a diverse skill set that matches the qualities and skills needed to lead the Western Slope non-profit.

“I’m delighted and honored to be joining the Western Slope Conservation Center team and the North Fork community. This year has been a year of rapid and unexpected change for all of us. Shifting from work in the Mojave Desert to Colorado’s high country has been one of those changes in my personal and professional life, but a change I’m deeply excited about,” Henderson said.

“The binding thread is working in small, vibrant communities on behalf of our public lands and precious waters. I’m looking forward to settling into the community here and helping the WSCC continue to serve its conservation mission,” said Henderson who can be reached at

WSCC is excited to have a new executive director and thanks the community for keeping the Western Slope Conservation Center successful during the transition and crazy year. Although WSCC had to cancel most events and the staff has worked remotely since April they have been able to continue to engage the community in protecting the air, water, wildlife and public lands of the North Fork Valley.

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