Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Douglas County's VSP Goal

"Protect and/or enhance baseline water quality functions and values of critical areas in Douglas County where agricultural activities occur." 

Benchmarks

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. 

What do benchmarks do?

  • Help track progress towards parameters set forth by the state, which each county involved in VSP need to meet, to prevent regulatory measures. 
  • Comprised of goal acreage set for different critical areas. Certain activities help add acreage to these benchmarks, which help achieve the county goal.
  • Producer input is critical to meet these benchmarks. By voluntarily participating in VSP and informing involved entities, like Foster Creek CD, of different land management operations, these benchmarks are more easily obtained, preventing the need for regulation throughout the county. 

Douglas County's Benchmark Progress

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.  

Work Plan Goals, Benchmarks, and Key Activities
Douglas County Voluntary Stewardship Ben[...]
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Producer Checklist

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.

Producer Checklist Cover Letter
2021 VSP Cover Letter.pdf
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VSP Producer Self-Assessment
2021 VSP Producer Checklist.pdf
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