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?
  • Five Year Report Template Preview:  The Conservation Commission hosted a preview webinar of the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) five year report template on July 23, 2020.  This preview is meant to assist county work group members, technical service providers, county staff and others who are implementing VSP to understand what the Commission’s role is in the five year reporting process and to see the kinds of questions and data the Commission is using on the template.  Click here to view the recorded webinar.
  • To continue protecting the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and the public, all VSP meetings of the Technical Panel and Statewide Advisory Committee will be conducted via online webinar and teleconference until further notice.  For information on how to participate in a meeting by webinar and teleconference, details can be found in the meeting agenda on the Statewide Advisory Committee webpage or on the Technical Panel webpage.
  • The Commission has updated Policy Advisory #05-18 to highlight the differences between the 2-year VSP status report versus the 5-year review and evaluation report. The revised PA #05-18 can be found on the Statewide Advisory Committee’s web page or directly at this link.
  • For information on VSP, please read the August 2020 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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Thurston

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Lewis

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Cowlitz

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Chelan

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Okanogan

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Douglas

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Benton

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Grant

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Ferry

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Lincoln

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Adams

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Franklin

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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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