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Thurston County, Washington

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About VSP

The mission of the VSP is to create a voluntary stewardship program that balances the protection and enhancement of critical areas with maintaining and improving the long-term viability of agriculture.

The 5 critical areas:

  • Wetlands.
  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas.
  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas.
  • Frequently Flooded Areas.
  • Geologic Hazard Areas.


Timeline of the VSP

  • 2011: House Bill 1886.
    • Amended GMA (RCW 36.70A).
    • Permits county to use a VSP.
    • Continue under existing law and update regulations for agriculture by 2013.
    • Limit VSP to certain watersheds. Update critical areas regulations for other watersheds.
  • 2012: County Participates.
    • County elects to participate in VSP through ordinance.
    • Identifies and nominates all five watersheds to participate as priority watersheds.
  • 2014: VSP Work Group.
    • County elects to administer funds and coordinate VSP Work Group.
  • 2017: Work Plan Approved.
    • County submitted VSP work plan and it's approved by the State Conservation Commission.
  • 2024: Program Evaluation.
    • Program is evaluated every five years to determine if benchmarks and goals are being met.