For Landowners — Participate in VSP
DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT MAY PROTECT OR ENHANCE CRITICAL AREAS ON YOUR AGRICULTURAL LAND?
Franklin Conservation District is here to help you learn more about the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) and take advantage of financial incentives for eligible VSP projects.
As it says in the name, VSP is completely voluntary. With your help, Franklin County has the opportunity to demonstrate that we can protect critical areas using a non-regulatory and incentive-based approach. The success of the program — which is our only option to avoid the traditional regulatory approach to critical area protection under the County’s Critical Areas Ordinance — depends on willing landowner participation.
Flexible & Farm-Friendly
VSP offers a flexible conservation program for landowners. Not only does it protect critical areas, but it also protects agricultural viability. This means that plans are catered to the landowner and their operation. Additionally, the program can foster a partnership between Franklin CD and landowners for continued success in the future.
Get in Touch!
Contact Riley Zionce (509-416-0440 | firstname.lastname@example.org) at Franklin CD to learn more about VSP. Our team can help you:
Find out if you have critical areas located on your land, including by providing a map of identified critical areas in Franklin County.
Connect you with potential funding to cover a portion of the cost of eligible VSP projects and activities.
Complete the VSP Checklist
Please view and fill out the Franklin County VSP Checklist.
Even if you don't have critical areas, FCD is still interested in conservation practices you may be implementing. In addition to the practices listed, other practices that protect critical areas directly or indirectly and maintain or improve agricultural viability will be considered for credit.