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, incentive-based process to protect critical areas, promote viable agriculture, and encourage cooperation among diverse stakeholders. Learn more background about VSP. 

What’s new?
  • Policy Advisory 04-19 CAOs and Counties is available.  The Commission, in conjunction with the VSP Statewide Advisory Committee (SAC) and Technical Panel, has finalized the guidance for counties on how VSP interacts with critical areas, agriculture, and critical area ordinances.
  • Budget and FY 19-21 Contract webinar:  The Commission will host a webinar for those involved in VSP implementation.  The webinar will focus on the FY 19-21 budget and the contract between the VSP counties and the Commission.  The webinar will be Friday, June 7, 2019, from 9 am – 10:30 am.  To register for the webinar, please click here.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have questions or are a person with a disability and need special accommodations, please contact the Commission at (360) 407-6200.
  • Read the May 2019 VSP Newsletter

Counties Using VSP

Click on one of the 27 counties participating in VSP (in green) for local program information.

As of December 2018, all county VSP work plans have been approved by the state.

Counties Using VSP
San Juan Mason Grays Harbor Thurston Pacific Lewis Cowlitz Skagit Yakima Kittitas Chelan Okanogan Douglas Benton Grant Ferry Lincoln Adams Franklin Walla Walla Stevens Pend Oreille Spokane Whitman Columbia Garfield Asotin

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Chelan

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Douglas

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Grant

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Ferry

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Walla Walla

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Stevens

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Spokane

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Whitman

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Columbia

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Garfield

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Asotin

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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
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Contact:

Bill Eller, VSP Coordinator
State Conservation Commission
509.385.7512

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