Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP)


Washington State’s Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) provides an alternative approach for counties to address our state’s Growth Management Act requirements. The program uses a watershed-based, collaborative stewardship planning process, and relies on incentive-based practices for protecting critical areas, promoting viable agriculture, and encouraging cooperation among diverse stakeholders.


In 2007, the State Legislature tasked the William D. Ruckelshaus Center with facilitating a “common ground” solution that would ensure productive agriculture in our state, protect critical areas, and resolve long-standing controversies related to the Growth Management Act. Following a three-year collaborative process involving state and local governments, tribes, the agricultural community, and environmental interests, the Ruckelshaus Center presented the framework for the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), which uses incentive-based programs to support BOTH critical areas and viable agriculture. The Legislature created VSP within the State Conservation Commission in 2011 (RCW 36.70A.705). In 2015 they provided funding that allowed all 27 counties that opted-in to VSP to move forward with the program.

Counties Using VSP

Click on one of the 27 participating counties (in blue) to see their local VSP information and events.

San Juan

VSP Resolution 4-2012

Contact:  Linda Lyshall, PhD, Executive Director, San Juan Islands Conservation District, linda@sjislandscd.org, 360-378-6621, 350 Court Street #10, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Workgroup meeting:  Monday, 11.7.16 from 1:00pm-4pm; Orcas Island, Eastsound


VSP Resolution 07-12

Contact:  Barbara Adkins, AICP, Director, Department of Community Development, 615 W. Alder St., Shelton, WA 98584, 360.427.9670 x286

Workgroup meeting:  6.28.16 at 6pm-7:30 pm at 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton, WA

Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor County Resolution 2011-130

Jane Hewitt, Director, Planning & Building Division, Grays Harbor Department of Public Services; 360.249.4222; 100 W Broadway, Suite 31, Montesano 98563

Workgroup meeting:  1.12.17, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Montesano City Hall, 112 N. Main St., Montesano


Thurston VSP

VSP Resolution 14703

Contact:  Charissa Waters, Associate Long Range Planner, Thurston County Planning, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia  98502-6045, 360-786-5541

Workgroup meeting:  The third Thursday of each month from 3pm-6pm, Washington State Farm Bureau, 975 Carpenter Rd SE #301, Lacey, WA 98516


VSP Resolution 2012-003

Contact:  Tim Crose, Community Development Director, PO 68, South Bend  98586, 360.875.9356

Workgroup meeting: Third Thursday of each month, 5-7pm, 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend, WA 98586  

Pacific County VSP


VSP Resolution 11-365

Contact:  Ms. Lee Napier, Community Development Director; 360.740.1146; 2025 NE Kresky Avenue, Chehalis WA 98532

Workgroup meeting:  3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6pm-8pm, 2025 NE Kresky Ave., Chehalis, WA


VSP Resolution 12-016

Contact:  Greta Holmstromg, Senior Long Range Planner; 207 4th Ave. N., Kelso, WA 98626, 360.577.3052 x6676

Workgroup meeting:  Tuesday, February 7, 3pm-5pm, General Meeting room, Cowlitz County Administration Bldg., 207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA 98626.


VSP Ordinance O20110013

Michael See, Water Resources Section Manager, Skagit County Public Works, (360) 416-1455, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon  98273

Workgroup meeting:  10.27.16 from 2-4pm, Skagit County Commissioner's Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98274


Yakima County VSP website

VSP Resolution 14-201-2

Contact:  Lynn Deitrick, Planning Division Manager, 128 N. 2nd Street, RM 400, Yakima  98901, 509-574-2300

Workgroup Meeting: 1.26.17 from 1-3pm at North Yakima Conservation District - 1606 Perry Street, Yakima 98902


Kittitas County VSP website

VSP Resolution 2011-012

Contact: Anna Lael, District Manager, Kittitas County Conservation District, 2211 W. Dolarway Road, Suite 4, Ellensburg, WA 98926,509-925-3352, ext 7

Workgroup meeting: 11.9.16, 2pm, Kittitas Valley Event Center, Armory Hall, 901 E 7th Avenue, Ellensburg WA 98926


Chelan VSP website

VSP Resolution 2012-03

Mike Kaputa, Director, Chelan County Natural Resources; 411 Washington St. Suite 201, Wenatchee 98801, 509.670.6935

Workgroup meeting:


VSP Resolution 010-2012

Contact:  Perry Huston, Okanogan County Planning Department Director; 509.422.7218, 123 5th Ave N Suite 130, Okanogan  98840

Workgroup meeting:  First Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at 123 5th Ave North, Okanogan (Natural Resources conference room)

Okanogan County VSP web page


VSP Resolution 12-01

Contact:  Aaron Rosenblum, Natural Resources Specialist, Foster Creek Conservation District, 203 S. Rainier St., Waterville, WA 98858, 509-423-5990

Workgroup meetings: 1.9.17 @ 1pm at the hearing room at the Superior Court of Douglas County, 203 S Rainier St, Waterville, WA

Douglas County VSP webpage


Benton VSP website

VSP Resolution

Contact:  Michael Shuttleworth, Planning Manager; Benton County Planning Dept., POB 910, Prosser, 99350, 509.786.5612

Workgroup meeting:  1.23.17 from 1:30-3:30 pm; Benton PUD, 250 N. Gap Road, Prosser, WA


VSP Resolution 12-008

Contact:  Marie Lotz, Manager, GCCD, 1107 S Juniper Dr., Moses Lake, WA; 509-765-9618

Workgroup meeting:  1.23.17 from 3:00 pm, WA Potato Commission, 108 S Interlake Rd., Moses Lake, WA 98837

Grant County VSP


VSP Resolution 2012-01

Contact:  Lloyd Odell, Ferry Conservation District, POB 1045, Republic; 509.775.3473 x190

Workgroup meeting:  3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm at the County Commissioner's office in Republic (NO meeting in December).


VSP Resolution 12-01-2-1

Contact:  Val Vissia, Communications Coordinator, Lincoln County Conservation District, POB 46, Davenport, WA; 509.725.4181 x100

Workgroup meetings (all meetings at Davenport Public Works unless noted): no meeting in Jan 2017; 2-21-17 2-4pm;  3-7-17 2-4pm

Lincoln County VSP


VSP Resolution R-02-2012

Contact:  Loren Wiltse, Planning Director; 425 E Main, Ste 200, Othello, WA 99344, 509.488.9441

Workgroup meeting: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 11am-1pm, Adams County Building & Planning office, Suite 200, 425 E. Main Street, Othello, WA

Adams County VSP webpage


VSP Resolution 2012-023

Contact:  Jerrod MacPherson, Director of Planning & Building; 509.545.3521

Workgroup meeting:   4th Thursday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Franklin Public Utility District Auditorium, 1411 W. Clark Street, Pasco - No November meeting - reset to 12-8-16 from 2-4pm at 1724 E. Superior Street, Pasco

Franklin County VSP website

Walla Walla

VSP Resolution 12-015

Contact:  Tom Glover, Director, Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency (WWJCDA); Development Services Center; 310 West Poplar, Walla Walla  99362, 509-524-2621

Workgroup meeting: 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 pm at the USDA offices - 325 N. 13th Ave, Walla Walla

Walla Walla VSP


Stevens County VSP

VSP Resolution 2011-05

Contact:  Adam Cares, VSP Coordinator - Stevens County Conservation District, 232 Williams Lake Rd., Colville; 509.680.2149

Workgroup meeting:  1.12.17 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, St. Mary of the Rosary Catholic Church, 502 E. Main St., Chewelah, WA 99109

Pend Oreille

Pend Oreille VSP webpage

VSP Resolution 2012-2

Contact:  Michael Lithgow, Director, Community Development Department, 625 W 4th Street, POB 5066, Newport, 99156, 509.447.6457

Workgroup meeting:  10.27.16 at 5:30 pm - Cusick Community Center, Cusick, WA


VSP Resolution 11-1190

Contact:  Walt Edelen, Water Resource Manager, Spokane Conservation District (SCD), 509-535-7274, ext. 224

Workgroup meeting:  10-19-16, 6pm-8pm, Spokane Conservation District, 210 N. Havana, Spokane, WA 99202

SCD VSP web page


VSP Resolution 072645

Contact:  Jerry Bassler, Assistant County Planner, Whitman County Public Works, POB 430, Colfax, WA 99111, 509.397.5209

Workgroup meeting:  First Thursday of each month, 3-5pm at the Whitman County Public Works Auditorium, Colfax, WA

Whitman County VSP


VSP Resolution 2012-08

Contact:  Kim E. Lyonnais, Director of Planning & Building, Columbia County, 114 S. 2nd, Dayton  99328.

Workgroup meeting: 1-11-17 @ 5:30pm, Delaney Hall in Dayton, WA

Columbia County VSP website


Garfield County VSP Resolution

Contact:  Donna Deal, Garfield County Auditor; PO 278, Pomeroy  99347, 509-843-1411

Workgroup meeting:  1.9.17 from 2-4:00 pm at the Pomeroy Grain Growers Office, Pomeroy, WA


VSP Resolution 12-01

Contact:  Karst Riggers, Building Official / Planner; P.O. Box 610, Asotin 99402, 509.243.2020

Workgroup meeting:  TBD

VSP Partners:
washington environmental council, washington nursery and landscape association, western washington agricultural association, futurewise, washington cattlemen's association, washington farm bureau, the nature conservancy, washington state association of counties, washington state dairy federation