VOLUTARY STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM (VSP)
The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a plan that was elected to be used in Douglas County as an alternative to regulatory enforcement under Washington State's Growth Management Act (GMA). The Douglas County VSP aims to preserve local critical areas while also promoting agricultural viability. By engaging landowners through voluntary, incentive-based stewardship practices, we hope to work together to meet the goals of this program and avoid regulatory enforcement. Douglas County is 1 of 27 counties across Washington who use this incentive-based program to work alongside local producers and recognize their efforts to steward their lands.
VSP Critical Areas
Habitat, wetlands, flooded areas, aquifer recharge areas, and hazardous areas are protected under VSP.
Key conservation activities protect and enhance critical areas and count toward VSP benchmarks.
Benchmarks and Goals
Established benchmarks help track different goals that have been decided on by the VSP Work Group.