Public Access is Closed to MOST County Facilities Due to COVID-19.

In response to Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Thurston County has moved to an essential services model, in effect
through Sunday, May 31, 2020. Courts and other elected offices may operate under different hours or restrictions.

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Voluntary Stewardship Links & Resources
This presentation gives an overview of the Voluntary Stewardship Program. It includes slides on the general process, legal requirements, descriptions of the technical and advisory panels and the role of the watershed group.

Washington State Conservation Commission
The Washington State Conservation Commission works with local Conservation Districts to encourage voluntary natural resource stewardship on private lands. For over 70 years, the Conservation Commission has worked to implement incentive-based practices that help landowners protect Washington's natural resources while maintaining viable agricultural production. You can find out more about the history of the Voluntary Stewardship Program in Washington state here.

Legal Links
The Voluntary Stewardship Program (ESHB 1886) passed the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by the Governor in 2011. Of the 39 counties in Washington state, 28 counties decided to participate. You can read the law in its entirety here.

Thurston County opted-in to the VSP in January 2012. Read the ordinance here.

Application of Guidelines and Master Programs to Agricultural Activities (RCW 90.58.070)