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Voluntary Stewardship Program
On January 17, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners elected to participate in the Voluntary Stewardship Program established by the Washington State Legislature through ESHB 1886.  This program creates an alternative to protecting critical areas in areas used for agricultural activities through development regulations adopted under RCW 36.70A.070. 

Program Information

In 2015, the State Legislature provided funding for implementation of the Voluntary Stewardship Program. On December 22, 2015, the Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 15-121 initiating county participation in the Program.

Cowlitz County will soon be seeking members of the public to participate in the planning process.

Please contact Greta Holmstrom, Long Range Planner, for more information. She can be reached at 360-577-3052 or at

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