PO Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508 info@thurstonclimateaction.org

Voluntary Stewardship Program 101

February 28, 2019 - 6 PM
Brighton Park Grange Hall
815 Brighton Park SW, Tumwater

Hands-on work session on the Voluntary Stewardship Program, to protect and voluntarily enhance environmentally critical areas while maintaining and improving the long-term viability of local agriculture.

Have you heard of the  Voluntary Stewardship Program? Are you curious how an Independent Stewardship Plan might serve your land and future plans? Join us for a hands-on work session where we’ll walk you though the program, benefits, and process. Fill out the initial checklist with the assistance of Conservation District Staff and learn about next steps! Snacks provided.
Questions or RSVP: Nora White,  nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360.754.3588 x105

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an alternative approach for counties in Washington State to protect and voluntarily enhance environmentally critical areas while maintaining and improving the long-term viability of local agriculture.

Thurston Conservation District, a non-regulatory agency, is the primary provider that helps landowners develop Individual Stewardship Plans (ISP) under the  VSP. These plans are free, site-specific and tailored to individual agricultural operations to help them identify conservation practices that can be implemented on their land to aid in the voluntary conservation of the critical areas on their land.

Goals of the VSP

  • Protect and voluntarily enhance critical areas where they overlap with agricultural activities
  • Maintain and improve the long-term viability of agriculture and reduce the conversion of farmland to other land use types
  • Proactively address land-use regulation and conversion

Why Participate?

  • Gain a better understanding of the critical areas on your land and how to work with those to improve operational efficiencies, see higher yields, and increase production
  • Flexible – allows farmers and ranchers to manage in a way that meets their needs
  • Focuses on results rather than regulations. Proactively be a good steward of your land for generations to come
  • Enhances the image of agriculture to the larger community as good stewards of natural resources
  • Protect your farm from violations and regulation
  • Participation in the VSP potentially opens individual landowners up to other cost share opportunities
  • A successful Voluntary Stewardship Program supports a voluntary approach to land stewardship for all Thurston County residents. Success is dependent upon landowner participation.


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