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?

Critical areas are defined as fragile and/or hazardous natural resources that coincide where agricultural activity is conducted.

  • Wetlands
  • Frequently flooded areas
  • Aquifer recharge areas
  • Geologically hazardous areas
  • Fish and wildlife habitats

Douglas County's working group designates benchmarks and goals to reach to help protect and enhance our county's critical areas. 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 farmlands, 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 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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