Voluntary Stewardship Program

Welcome VSP Administrators

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.

What's New?

  1. Now available on the Resources & Webinars page: The May 16, 2023 FY23-25 VSP County Contract & Budget webinar recording and slide deck.
  2. Now available on the Implementation page: The May 4, 2023 VSP 101 Training webinar recording and slide deck.
  3. May 30, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Info Session for Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) & Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP). Online only. Details and registration link.
  4. Funding for VSP cost-share projects is open and proposals are being considered on a monthly basis. Learn about tips for submitting a successful application. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023.
  5. The Commission, after consultation with the Technical Panel and Statewide Advisory Committee and comment from VSP stakeholders, has adopted a new policy advisory dealing with adaptive management in VSP. The policy advisory was a result of discussions about adaptive management as part of the first five year reporting process. The new policy advisory can be found here, and provides some insight for VSP stakeholders, and particularly county work groups and implementers, on how to address adaptive management in VSP.

For current news, information, and webinar links, please see the May 2023 VSP Newsletter.

Installing post-assisted log structures to enhance fish habitat on Alpowa Creek in Asotin County.

Have questions about the Voluntary Stewardship Program?

Contact Program Manager Bill Eller, VSP State Coordinator.

Phone: 509-385-7512. Email: beller@scc.wa.gov