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  Garfield County VSP July 26th Work Group Mtg

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Tuesday July 26, 2022

8:00 – 9:30

 Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Approve Feb 28th, Meeting Minutes

3. Discuss VSP Cost-Share Supplemental Budget Program

4. Review and Discuss Garfield VSP Budget for July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

5. Action on Fiscal Budget

6. Set up subcommittee to score, rank and submit and supplemental VSP cost share projects to            the Commission

7. Next Meeting Date?

8. Adjourn

About VSP

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Garfield County will hold its next meeting on February 28th 2022 @ 1:30pm at the Pomeroy Conservation office located in the Grain Growers building at 910 Main Street.  We will be going over applications for our VSP cost-share program.

Stewardship Program Sign-Up

Garfield County received funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission to complete a plan to protect and/or restore critical areas within private lands while maintaining the viability of agriculture.  The Pomeroy Conservation District (CD) was selected to lead this planning process and volunteers contacted Garfield County.  8 local volunteers worked to develop the Work Plan over 18 months with support from a statewide technical panel and local biologists.  For more information on Garfield County VSP go to www.garfieldcountyvsp.com

The Garfield County Work Plan was approved June 20, 2018.  The Work Plan identified critical areas within Garfield County (wetlands, frequently flooded areas, fish and wildlife habitat, critical aquifer recharge areas and geologically hazardous areas – high water erosion potential) on private lands.  The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) takes the place of the Growth Management Act in agricultural areas with stewardship strategies for maintaining or improving critical areas.

We are currently in the Implementation phase of VSP and have identified stewardship strategies that will help protect and/or restore critical areas.  The Work Group has funding available this upcoming spring of 2022 and must be completed by June 15th of 2022.

Interested landowners need to contact the Pomeroy CD or visit the VSP website to get more information and sign a cost-share application.  We encourage you to share your sterwardship plan with us which you can do on the home screen of this website or go to

https://garfieldcountyvsp.mapseed.org/

Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on February 25, 2022.  Cost-share applications will be reviewed by the Garfield County VSP Work Group and successful applicants will be funded, if an applicant is not funded there are additional funding sources that can be applied for in the future.