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By Ken Graham
The Times 

Columbia County to Implement Voluntary Stewardship Program

Public Meeting will be held March 22 to present plans and gather feedback


March 15, 2018

DAYTON – A group, including farmers, wildlife officials and local planning officials, has been meeting for two years to develop a new plan to meet state requirements for a Voluntary Stewardship Program in Columbia County. The program would supplant the current requirements for agricultural land in the county to follow the Washington State Growth Management Act.

Don Brigham, a consultant in Clarkston, is the project coordinator and facilitator for the program. He said the new VSP will allow farmers and agricultural landowners to continue the practices they’ve been following to mitigate n...

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