Benchmarks are established to help achieve different objectives that have been decided on by the county's working group members. These objectives collectively work towards obtaining the overall county goal, which meet requirements of the Growth Management Act established by Washington State.
Throughout the state, Douglas County farms are known for their dedication and land stewardship efforts to protect our natural resources. Those involved in commercial and recreational agricultural activities are committed to improving water quality in our streams, reducing soil erosion in our croplands, and providing plants to support important wildlife populations, such as mule deer and the Greater sage-grouse.
The producer self-assessment checklist is the number one way to help our county's working group track progress towards meeting the goals in the VSP work plan. The information you provide about the conservation efforts that your farm already has underway will help avoid future regulations on our county. Working together in this program, we can continue to benefit agricultural viability while protecting the natural habitat and critical areas of Douglas County.