Voluntary Stewardship Program VSP
Gail Thornton - Yakima County VSP Workgroup Chair
To contact the Chair, please contact Michael Tobin at North Yakima Conservation District. For more information about the VSP Program, please contact the North Yakima Conservation District or the South Yakima Conservation District, the Technical Service Providers to the program:
- Michael Tobin, NYCD Manager, North Yakima Conservation District, 509-454-5743 ext 8555, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
- Rodney Heit, Manager/RCT, South Yakima Conservation District, (509) 829-9025, ,
What is the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP)?
The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a new approach for counties to participate in a watershed-based, collaborative stewardship planning process. VSP uses incentives to promote agricultural and environmental stewardship. The program passed into Washington law in 2011 (ESHB 1886) as the result of an ongoing effort to advance common goals for environmental protection and agricultural viability using regulation as a last resort.