Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP)

Note new day and venue! Ferry County VSP Work Group meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 pm in the TEDD office (147 N Clark Ave, Republic) across from the Post Office.

 

Overview

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Ferry Conservation District is leading the charge in developing, implementing and monitoring Washington State’s Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) in Ferry County. The Voluntary Stewardship Program 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.

Background

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 WSCC 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.

Moving Forward

The Department of Ecology recently published a web page to help Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) counties develop, implement, and monitor their VSP work plans. The current focus of the web page is providing VSP counties with general information and links to mapping data on three critical areas (wetlands, critical aquifer recharge areas, and frequently flooded areas), as well as information on clean water standards and the shoreline management act.2079x1303xVSPWebmap_Jan2016.jpg.pagespeed.ic.L9K9SsY7Pm