Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP)

Washington State’s Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) provides an alternative approach for counties to address Growth Management requirements for agricultural activities. This negotiated program uses a watershed-based, collaborative stewardship planning process, relying on incentive-based practices that protect critical areas, promote viable agriculture, and encourage cooperation among diverse stakeholders.

There are three upcoming island specific Voluntary Stewardship Meetings to help map agricultural activities in the county. The schedule is as follows:

Lopez Island, Monday, May 16th 5:20-6:30 PM Lopez Community Center

Orcas Island, Tuesday, May 17th 9:20-10:30 AM Orcas Landing

San Juan Island, Wednesday, May 18th 2:00-3:30 PM San Juan Grange


Voluntary Stewardship Program Meeting – Monday, April 25th, 2016

10:30 AM-3:30 PM at Woodmen Hall on Lopez Island

VSP Agenda 4.25.16

VSP Compiled Feedback 4.25.16

Overall VSP Goals and Benchmarks Flowchart 4.22.16 DRAFT

Roles & Responsibilities

Clarification of Issues and Example BMP

Wetland Functions

Hedgerow Planting Code 422

Prescribed Grazing Code 528

Heavy Use Area Protection Code 561

Voluntary Stewardship Program Meeting – Monday, March 28th, 2016

10:30 AM-12:30 PM at the Orcas Hotel, Orcas Landing

VSP Agenda 3.28.16

VSP Summary 3.28.16

Objectives and Practices

SJC Farmland Use Map

BMP – Watering Facility

Watering Facility Job Sheet

BMP – Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

Upland Wildlife Habitat Management Job Sheet

BMP – Stream Crossing

Stream Crossing Job Sheet

BMP – Riparian Forest Buffer

Riparian Forest Buffer Job Sheet

BMP – Grassed Waterway

Grassed Waterway Job Sheet

Voluntary Stewardship Meeting – Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the San Juan Island Grange

VSP Agenda 1.27.16

VSP Summary 1.27.16

Proposed Meeting Schedule

Proposed Work Group Ground Rules

Background Materials

Voluntary Stewardship Program Legislation

Definition of Agricultural Activities

Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) WA VSP

Sustainable Agriculture

Conservation Planning

Cost Share Interest Packet

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Factsheet

Critical Areas

Critical Area Protection

Critical Area Regulations and Agricultural Applicability

Work Plan

Draft Work Plan Outline

Pilot Program Counties:

Thurston County



Chelan County




Contact Information

Mailing Address: 350 Court Street, #10, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Physical Address: 530 Guard Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Telephone: 360-378-6621


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