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By Michele Smith
The Times 

County prepares to assess Voluntary Stewardship success

Landowner participation is crucial


October 8, 2020

Terry Bregman

(l to r): VSP workgroup chair Marty Hall, Morrow and Umatilla county extension specialist and landowner friend Chris Schachtschneider, McGregor agronomist Arty Harber and landowner Robert Phinney discuss options for pasture restoration and revegetation during a site visit.

Landowner participation is crucial

COLUMBIA COUNTY-Columbia County is in the beginning stages of gathering the data required to determine if the Voluntary Stewardship Program has met its initial goals and benchmarks. With the five-year report due January 2020, the Columbia County VSP hopes the county deems the program a success.

The VSP is an optional, non-regulatory alternative that allows area stakeholders to develop and implement work plans to protect critical areas while promoting agriculture. This incentive-based program is permitted under the Growth Management Act as an alternative to...

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