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Dayton, WA 99328

Voluntary Stewardship Program
Share your Stewardship!
The Columbia County Voluntary Stewardship Program can only be successful with YOUR help! Share your stewardship information and practices and help drive the success of the VSP in Columbia County. Visit Columbia County Mapseed to get involved! 

The Columbia County VSP - an alternative approach to incentivizing critical area protection while promoting agricultural viability. 

The VSP Work Group is currently accepting project applications through December 31, 2019. If you have a project that will enhance a critical area while increasing ag viability please email for an application for call 509 382-4676 for more information. Applications will be scored and awards made in January. 

Recent News
The Washington State Conservation Commission and Columbia County have contracted together for another biennium. What does this mean? Columbia County has received a grant in the amount of $240,000 JUST FOR the VSP! Staff will be working with the Work Group to establish a budget and will update the website as soon as more information is available. 

Check out this simple, efficient, and informative brochure. Want printed copies? Stop by the Planning Department to pick a couple up, and get more information.

We have submitted our 2019 biennia report to the Conservation Commission. This report is formatted to provide an update on progress since the adoption of the VSP in Columbia County. 

Columbia County VSP
The Columbia County Voluntary Stewardship Program Work Plan was  accepted by the State on July 27! This acceptance is the result of many months of hard work.  Approval Letter.

What is VSP?

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an optional, incentive based approach to protecting critical areas while promoting agricultural viability. The five critical areas are wetlands, frequently flooded areas, geologically hazardous areas, aquifer recharge tables, and fish and wildlife conservation areas. 

Who is creating this VSP plan?

Columbia County Planning and Building, along with coordinator Don Brigham, worked alongside the VSP Work Group to create the plan. The Work Group is comprised of local landowners, farmers, agency representatives, and other stakeholders.

To see the adopted VSP Work Plan:
Click Here

Interested in seeing the VSP Survey?
Click Here

Work Group
The Columbia County VSP is guided by a volunteer work group comprised of local stakeholders. The work group is currently comprised of the following individuals:

Roland Schirman Landowner/Producer
Tom Schirm WDFW
Terry Bruegman CCD
Don Howard Landowner/Rancher
Janet Howard Landowner/Rancher
Marty Hall Landowner/Rancher
Val Turner Landowner/Producer
Dena Martin Staff
Ryan Rundell BOCC

We are always seeking new involvement. If you are interested in working on the VSP work group, please send an email to for more information. 

VSP Implementation
Columbia County Planning & Building and Columbia Conservation District will work jointly to implement the plan. The first round of Individual Stewardship Plan surveys went out in the mail the week of November 5. Survey information is held confidential through the Conservation District. Success of the local program is dependent on participation. To fill out a survey or to learn more about Individual Stewardship Plans stop by the Planning Department at 114 South 2nd, Dayton.

Weed Board - VSP Starthistle Spraying Contract
In March, Columbia County and the Columbia County Weed Board entered into an interlocal agreement to aid in VSP Implementation. By partnering with the Weed Boards' already successful starthistle eradication program, and by offering additional monies through the VSP, an approximate 4,500 additional acres were signed up to be sprayed. This project was an absolute success! And did you know, that reducing invasive/nuisance species benefits four of the five critical areas within Columbia County? Check out the Work Plan for more specific information, including Table 5-3 on page 68. 

Check out the VSP - Weed Board ILA for more specific information on the contract.

Quarterly Meeting Materials
  1. 2019 First Quarter
  2. 2019 Second Quarter
  3. 2019 Third Quarter

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