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?
  • Conservation Commission (SCC) seeking VSP Natural Resource Scientist:  The SCC is currently hiring for a new Natural Resource Scientist 2 (NRS2).  The position was created to assist the VSP with a technical review of required plans, development of technical resources to assist counties, and conduct spatial analyses of critical area functions.  If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact the hiring manager, Brian Cochrane by email at bcochrane@scc.wa.gov or by phone at (360) 407-7103.  For a full position description and to apply, please go to this link.
  • 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 available for viewing:  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.
  • Read the November 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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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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