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Voluntary Stewardship Program
Overview
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. 

Fact Sheet from State
      Cowlitz County VSP Frequently Asked Questions Flyer

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 is seeking members of the public to participate in the planning process. To apply to serve on the Work Group, fill out and return an application.

Please contact Greta Holmstrom, Senior Long Range Planner, for more information at 360-577-3052 or at

Meeting Schedule
November 1, 2016
December 6, 2016
January 3, 2017
February 7, 2017
March 7, 2017
April 4, 2017
May 2, 2017

Reference Materials
Cowlitz County Final Shoreline Restoration Plan

Columbia Estuary Ecosystem Restoration Program - 2012 Synthesis Memorandum

Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Limiting Factors - Chehalis Basin WRIA 23

Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Limiting Factors - WRIA 25

Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Limiting Factors - WRIA 26

Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Limiting Factors - WRIA 27

Strategic Plan for Washington Agriculture: 2020 and Beyond






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