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.
Gap Analysis and Sustainable Farms Budget Proviso report available: Budget provisos were incorporated into the FY20 operating budget for the State Conservation Commission and Washington Department of Agriculture to support efforts by these two agencies to perform gap analyses to estimate need for technical assistance and cost-share assistance for existing conservation grant programs and develop recommendations that incorporate input from stakeholders for the creation of a grant program aimed at mitigating carbon emissions by improving fossil fuel efficiencies on farms and implementing carbon farming practices.
The Conservation Commission hosted a training for state agency staff entitled an “Introduction to the Voluntary Stewardship Program.” The webinar recording is available on the Commission’s web page.
Two year VSP status reports: Two year VSP status reports from each county work group are available by clicking the county on the map below, and then clicking on the “Reports” link.