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Dayton, WA 99328

Voluntary Stewardship Program
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:
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Interested in seeing the VSP Survey?
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For information on the Weed Board-VSP contract:
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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
Meagan Bailey 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 plant. 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

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