Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

What is the Voluntary Stewardship Program?

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a plan that was elected to be used throughout Douglas County as an alternative to regulatory enforcement under Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA). Douglas County VSP aims to preserve local critical areas while ensuring the health of farmland. Engaging landowners outside of city limits through voluntary, incentive-based stewardship practices, the hope is that producers will work together to meet the goals of this program to avoid regulatory enforcement. Douglas County is 1 of 27 counties across Washington who use this incentive-based program to engage local landowners and producers in ensuring the ecological health and agricultural viability of their lands.

What are Critical Areas?



  • Wetlands
  • Frequently flooded areas
  • Aquifer recharging zones for potable water
  • Geologically hazardous areas
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat

Douglas County's watershed work group committee designates benchmarks and goals for the VSP Work Plan. The work group and all stakeholders work to maintain or enhance baseline conditions to help protect the county's critical areas and agricultural viability. Learn more about those benchmarks and goals via the link below.

Why VSP Matters

Washington's Growth Management Act (GMA) requires counties to develop and follow plans to preserve local critical areas and farmland. With agriculture being Douglas County's main economic entity, it's important to ensure agricultural viability is maintained while also ensuring critical areas are protected and enhanced. 

Douglas County's VSP Work Plan

Work Plan Approval Letter
Letter to Douglas County VSP WG - Approv[...]
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Douglas County Voluntary Stewardship Program Work Plan
Douglas County Voluntary Stewardship Pro[...]
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