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The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) has awarded $50,000 in Food System Support Grants to 11 conservation districts in the state. Learn More. Find Your Conservation District in Washington State VSP Administrators Conservation District Resources The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) oversees and administers funding for counties to develop and implement VSP work plans. We provide input to SCC on whether goals and benchmarks of work plans are being met Washington State's Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) was created in 2011 to provide an alternative approach for counties to address Growth Management requirements for agricultural activities. How it Works The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) administers funding for counties to implement the program. Counties then designate a.

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a new approach for counties to participate in a watershed-based, collaborative stewardship planning process. VSP uses incentives to promote agricultural and environmental stewardship. The program passed into Washington law in 2011 (ESHB 1886) as the result of an ongoing effort to advance common goals for environmental protection and agricultural. The Thurston Conservation District is the technical service provider for Thurston County. Thurston County's Voluntary Stewardship Plan (VSP) was approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission on April 26, 2017. YouTube. Thurston Conservation District. 10 subscribers The Washington State Conservation Commission will provide administrative oversight through a statewide advisory committee composed of representatives from counties, tribes, agriculture, and environmental organizations. What happens if the VSP doesn't protect streams and other critical areas The County has received funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) to develop and implement a VSP Work Plan. The work plan was approved by the state technical panel on September 17, 2018. The Grays Harbor Conservation District is assisting with outreach and implementation to fulfill the goals and objectives of the work plan The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an optional, incentive-based approach to protecting critical areas while promoting agriculture. The VSP is allowed under the Growth-Management Act as an alternative to traditional approaches to critical areas protection, such as no touch buffers. Yakima County is one of 27 counties that has opted in to VSP, and ha

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  1. April 2017 Washington State Conservation Commission Approved 3 1.0 INTRODUCTION The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an optional, incentive-based approach to protecting critical areas while promoting agriculture. The VSP is allowed under the Washington State Growth Managemen
  2. The VSP Work Plan for Garfield County must also Maintain and enhance the viability of agriculture in the county to receive approval. The VSP Work Plan must be approved by the Directors of the Washington State Conservation Commission, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Department of Ecology
  3. The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a collaborative process that helps Washington communities ensure healthy landscapes and strong farms and ranches into the future. Thanks to the help from local residents and technical agencies the Garfield County VSP Work Plan was approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission
  4. For more information about the Voluntary Stewardship Program, see links below or contact the VSP coordinator, Megan Martin Aust, at (360) 875-6735. P acific County VSP overview. Washington State Conservation Commission VSP websit
  5. Washington State Conservation Commission; Growth Management Act RCW 36.70A; VSP RCW 36.70A.705; Email Updates. Join the VSP interested parties email list by contacting: Heather Wendt Franklin Conservation District heather-wendt@conservewa.net 509-416-044
  6. Benton County's five year report was submitted to the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) on January 11th, 2021. The report and associated documents can be viewed here.The VSP 5-Year Report is a tool used to meet the requirements of each county watershed work group to report to the Executive Director of the Conservation Commission (WSCC) and the county on whether it has met the.

The Adams County VSP Work Plan was approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission in September 2018. View the Adams County VSP Work Plan (Approved) on the documents page . For more information on the Adams VSP see the VSP Overview and Checklist The mission of the VSP is to create a voluntary stewardship program that balances the protection and enhancement of critical areas with maintaining and improving the long-term viability of agriculture. The 5 critical areas are: Wetlands. Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas. Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas. Frequently Flooded Areas The County has received funding from the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) to develop a VSP Work Plan. The work plan has been submitted to the technical panel for review and approval. The Pacific Conservation District will be assisting with the outreach and implementation once the plan is approved The contract for the VSP work plan development is between the Washington State Conservation Commission (commission) and Thurston County. The commission has provided funding to Thurston County for the VSP administration and to assist the Workgroup in the development and implementation of the VSP work plan, consistent with RCW 36.70A.700 1.2 Washington State Conservation Commission Irrigation Efficiencies Grant Program: Restores instream flows in rivers and streams determined to not have enough water for fish populations and other competing needs. The Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) works with conservation districts to provide financia

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Twenty eight counties have opted in to the VSP by nominating one or more watersheds in their county where the program would apply. Chelan County received funding to develop a VSP work plan from the Washington State Conservation Commission and the Technical Panel adopted the April 2017. The goals of the VSP program include ENACTED by under the Growth Management Act in 2011, the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is an alternative to traditional top-down regulations for the protection of critical areas on agricultural land. The framework of this program is characterized by choices at the county and landowner level. In those places where agricultural activities intersect with sensitive critical areas the Program. Work Plan Documents - Approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission on April 26, 2017. Maps. Below is a list of Thurston County critical areas and related maps. These may be of interest to those who are involved in the creation and implementation of the Voluntary Stewardship Program

Washington State Conservation Commission . FINAL June 2018 Garfield County Voluntary Stewardship Program Garfield County Work Plan Prepared for Garfield County VSP Work Group Garfield County 789 W. Main Street Pomeroy, Washington 99347 Prepared by Pomeroy Conservation District 910 Main St The Kittitas County VSP Work Plan was submitted to the Washington State Conservation Commission on March 1, 2018. The Work Plan was presented to the State Technical Panel on March 30, 2018. It was approved by unanimous vote of the Technical Panel on April 27, 2018. The final Work Plan is available here The Washington Conservation Commission has more information on the statewide VSP program. Other approved plans are also available at the Commission website. First Foods-River Vision Presentation for VSP At the September 2016 meeting of the Work Group, Chris Marks and David Haire of the CTUIR gave this presentation showing that restoring First Foods and the River Vision are the driving forces. The VSP Work Plan must be approved by the Directors of the Washington State Conservation Commission, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Department of Ecology. The county work plan includes, among other things, a list of critical areas subject to VSP, and outreach plan, and goals for the county Letter to Washington State Conservation Commission announcing VSP enrollment (January 5, 2012) Ordinance O20110013 Enrolling County in VSP and modifying Ag-CAO (December 19, 2011) Press Release on Enrollment in VSP (December 21, 2011

Submit quarterly progress reports to the Washington State Conservation Commission and the County; m. Provide to the County, by February 25, 2019, so the County can report to the Commission's VSP Contract Manager, no later than March 1, 2019, an estimate of the final anticipated costs associated with th 2010-2011 - Based on recommendations from the Ruckelshaus Center, the legislature created Voluntary Stewardship Program at the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC). VSP represents a voluntary, incentive-based approach that offers counties an alternative for meeting GMA requirements related to protecting critical areas and agricultural.

VSP contract a go for 2021-23. POMEROY-The Garfield County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) signed a bi-annual Voluntary Stewardship Program contract for 2021-2023 at their meeting on June 14. Contract K2210 between Garfield County and the Washington State Conservation Commission will provide $50,000 to producers and $35,000 for program management

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Review current VSP work group voting members New WWCCD staff introduction: Grant Traynor PUBLIC COMMENTS: ACTION ITEM: Approve minutes from the May 2021 meeting CONTRACT STATUS: 1) Walla Walla County & Washington State Conservation Commission 2) Walla Walla County & Walla Walla County Conservation District DISCUSSION ON REPORTING Counties participating in VSP create a work plan that is approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission and then implement the plan by recruiting local landowners to participate in incentive-based stewardship activities. Counties report their progress to the Conservation Commission. See the examples section below Keesecker (State Conservation Commission), Leslie Michel (State Conservation Commission), and Dena Martin (Staff) Agenda: Updates from State VSP Review of fourth-quarter report Update from Conservation District on cost-share projects Review of 5-Year report Workgroup approval for submission to State Conservation Commission 1107 S. Juniper Dr., Moses Lake, Washington, 98837 I (509) 765-9618 I www.ColumbiaBasinCds.org I @ 2014 Grant County Conservation Distric

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  1. ary review and is now before the State Conservation Commission for final action
  2. istering state VSP funds, including submittal of quarterly reports to the Washington State Conservation Commission. The Work Plan is not formally adopted or approved by County government. Document Organization and Relationship to State Requirements The VSP statute specifically outlines the duties of the Working Group relative to developmen
  3. Christine Gregoire in May 2011, creating the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP). Twenty-eight of Washington's 39 counties elected to participate. The Washington State Conservation Commission and parties to the agreement asked the center to continue its involvement, believing the center's neutrality
  4. istrative oversight for the Voluntary Stewardship Program, with guidance from a statewide Advisory Committee comprised of the four original caucuses (counties, tribes, agricultural and environmental organizations). A review panel comprised of state agencies will assist loca

Washington State Legislature provides adequate funding for such activity; WHEREAS, the Washington State Legislature appropriated $7,600,000 in the Washington State Conservation Commission's 2015-2017 budget for implementation of the Voluntary Stewardship Program VSP will not require an agricultural operator to discontinue agricultural activities that legally existed before July 22, 2011 (RCW 36.70A.702). Additionally, VSP does not give counties or state agencies any additional authority to protect critical areas on lands used for agricultural activities (RCW 36.70A.702) WRIAs are being used as the planning unit for the VSP. Map data. Ecology's Statewide Datasets; WRIA Data; Other state agencies Washington state geospatial portal. Washington provides a geospatial portal where you can find data, products, and services available in the state

Washington Conservation Commission, and ongoing interaction with Thurston County. After much discussion the group decided there were a number of specific topics that needed clarification by Thurston County as well as The Washington State Conservation Commission before the Thurston County VSP plan can be actively implemented The Washington State Conservation Commission (which the legislation designates as the lead state agency) and the parties to the agreement asked the Center to continue its involvement, believing the Center's neutrality, experience with these issues/parties, and expertise in collaborative processes would continue to be helpful as the agencies. Washington State Conservation Commission Ecology's Agriculture and Water Quality Advisory Committee . May 1, 2014 . of the state of Washington of funds necessary for appropriation by the legislature to VSP State Suppor

Voluntary Stewardship Program VSP Yakima County, W

The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) is a non-regulatory approach for complying with state requirements to protect critical areas (Revised Code of Washington [RCW] 36.70A.030) on agricultural lands. Yakima County is one of the 29 counties across the state that opted in to participate in the VSP process Conservation Technical Assistance 0.0 4,000 0 4,000 Conservation Science Program 1.0 538 0 538 2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 1.0 4,538 801 5,339 2019-21 Policy Comp Changes State Public Employee Benefits Rate 0.0 4 0 4 Non-Rep General Wage Increase 0.0 182 15 19

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  1. isters the VSP. A Technical Panel made up of representatives of the Washington State Departments of Agriculture, Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, and the State Conservation Commission have reviewe
  2. lature creates VSP at the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC). VSP represents a voluntary, incentive-based approach that offers counties an alternative for meeting GMA requirements related to protecting critical areas and agricultural lands. No new state funding provided for VSP, an
  3. The Mason Conservation District is directed by a five-member board of supervisors. Three members are elected locally and two members are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. The term of office for each supervisor is three years

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meeting the purpose and intent of VSP (RCW 36.70A700(2)). This report is prepared for the shared benefit of Whitman County, the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC), partnering agencies and the public. This report addresses the following VSP requirements Washington State Department of Ecology Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Rulemaking Process: Shared responsibility by the Conservation Commission and the counties that choose to participate in VSP. State Universities & Researchers Conservation Commission (Commission) will host a webinar for those involved in VSP implementation (primarily county and conservation district staff). The webinar will be Friday, June 7, 2019, from 9 am - 10:30 am. The webinar will Review the new FY 19-21 contract between the VSP counties and the Commission, Provide an example templat

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resources. Promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable forestry encouraging conservation of natural resources and economic viability of the operations. Funding Source(s): Rates & Charges, Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC), Thurston County Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP), Service Fees (Equipment Rental) Strategi Adams County VSP . Tuesday, November 8, 2016 . 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm . Attendees: Work Group Members Other Attendees Jake Wollman Jr. - Landowner Eric Pentico - WDFW Lynn Olsen - Landowner Rex Harder - Landowner Bill Eller - Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) Dave Leatherman -Landowner Loren Wiltse - Adams Count areas in ag lands in VSP opt-in counties. •Adopted into the Growth Management Act in 2011. •Administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission •Other state agencies provide technical support, including Ecology. •There are challenges with making this work for Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas and prevention o

Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) North Yakima

Washington State Conservation Commission. Whatcom Conservation District has been assisting landowners and farmers with their conservation choices since 1946 for healthy water, healthy land, and healthy people. Habitat & Restoration: Offering voluntary and incentive-based programs that empower landowners to be stewards of the land and water Franklin County VSP Work Plan 1 June 2017November 2017 DRAFT June November 2017 Franklin County Voluntary Stewardship Program . Work Plan - REVISED DRAFT Prepared for the Franklin Conservation District and the Washington State Conservation Commission The Washington State Conservation Commission is requesting a 230 percent increase in state funding from the current biennium to the next in order to make a case for state support of natural. enhancement of critical areas. The VSP Work Plan must also maintain and enhance agricultural viability to receive approval. The work plan must be approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission Director and the Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, and Agriculture

  1. Washington State Conservation Commission Grant. Assistance is available for the implementation of management practices that protect the natural resources within our District. There are a variety of best management practices (BMPs) that any landowner can implement to help conserve soil, improve water and air quality, and enhance wildlife habitat
  2. WA State Conservation Commission Updates/VSP Update. Forestry. Managing for Spatial Variability: Individuals, Clumps, and Openings (ICO) Leadership. CAPP. IT. Video Production for your District. WCD Process for Presentation Videos. Quickly Moving your District Website to a CMS like SquareSpace. ArcGIS Update. iPad Tips & Tricks. Farm & Fiel
  3. Long Range Plan. We update our long range plan every 5 years for the Washington State Conservation Commission. 2016-2021 Long Range Plan. Foster Creek Conservation District accomplishments and work plans can be accessed from the Washington State Conservation Commission website
  4. ating one or more watersheds in their county where the program would apply. Chelan County received funding to develop a VSP work plan from the Washington State Conservation Commission, and the State Technical Panel approved the plan in April 2017. Benefits of Participation Participation is voluntary
  5. The VSP is a result of a negotiated process to address issues involving impacts to critical areas from agricultural activities as part of the Growth Management Act. Funds assist counties to develop and implement work plans. A total of 27 counties state-wide participate, four of which abut Puget Sound: Skagit, San Juan, Thurston and Mason
  6. WSCC Washington State Conservation Commission WSDA Washington State Department of Agriculture . Stevens County VSP Work Plan viii December 2017 Workgroup Participants (VSP) was established by the Washington State Legislature as an amendment to the GMA, in a
  7. Washington State Conservation Commission WSDA.. Washington State Department of Agriculture. Table of Contents Page v activity and extends the same benefits to it within the allowances of state law.3 Protect. Under VSP, protect means to prevent the degradation of functions and values [of critical areas] existing as of July 22.

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  1. The Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) was created in 2011 to give counties the option to use locally driven watershed plans and voluntary, incentive-based tools to protect critical areas. In Kittitas County, the approved VSP work plan details the goals and benchmarks for conservation practices that impact critical areas and maintain the.
  2. istration and Work Plan Developmen
  3. 1 amended the GMA to establish the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) to be overseen by 2 . the Washington State Conservation Commission; and 3 . 4 WHEREAS, under Section 4(6) of that legislation, now codified as RCW 36.70A.710(6)
  4. Bill Eller, VSP Coordinator, Washington State Conservation Commission, spoke about other counties and their plans. • Thurston and Chelan counties plans were approved. o Thurston County plan had the most changes. o Skagit & Grant Counties will be reviewed next month. o Pacific & Whitman Counties will be reviewed in July
  5. gly in the Legislature and attracted support of environmental and far
  6. VSP Specialist at Grays Harbor Conservation District lands while promoting agricultural viability in the state of Washington. State Parks and Recreation Commission.

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The VSP, which is administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission, seeks to protect and enhance critical areas on lands used for agricultural activities through voluntary actions by agricultural operators. The VSP provides a watershed-oriented framework for protecting critical areas in areas used for agricultural activities that is. Washington State Conservation Commission - Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) and Statewide Advisory Committee (SAC) (Appointed by the Washington State Association of Counties) Location: Virtual As Notified Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) Member: 2021 County Leaders Conferenc State Conservation Commission within three years of receipt of funding. 4.4. To provide adequate time for review by the Board of County Commissioners and review by the state technical panel, and to speed implementation of the Voluntary Stewardship Program, the Public Works Department should work with the watershed group to complet

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Works with Washington State Conservation Commission Executive Director and VSP Workgroup to revise draft work plans that are rejected; Committee's statutorily designated members include two representatives each from environmental interests, agriculture, and counties, and two tribal representatives are invited to participate Stevens County Conservation District (SCCD) was established in 1942 as a conservation district. We are a non-regulatory agency that was created to bridge the gap between local landowners and state and federal government. We are directed by a board of supervisors that consist of five volunteers Accomplishments of the Washington State Conservation Commission and conservation districts. (VSP), statewide program administration - $5,389,256 (see p. 20) Fire Recovery Program - $4,078,428. RCW 36.70A.700-760229 and the Washington State Conservation Commission . 6 approved the County's VSP work plan on August 7,230 2017. As of that date, 231 agricultural activities in and around critical areas will be addressed through the 232 County's VSP work plan. However, compliance with the VSP does not constitut areas in ag lands in VSP opt-in counties. •Adopted into the Growth Management Act in 2011. •Administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission •Other state agencies provide technical support, including Ecology. •There are challenges with making this work for Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas and prevention o

Conservation Commission (SCC) (Appendix 1) and Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) (Appendix 2) to support efforts by these two agencies to: state VSP meetings. We anticipate convening a second, larger stakeholder meeting between late August and The department and the conservation commission must provide an update to th The goal of VSP is to protect ecological functions and values that existed at the time of the creation of the VSP in 2011. Activities or methods that protect critical areas relating to the Voluntary stewardship program are neutral to or beneficial to farm operations. Washington State Conservation Commission. Washington State Department of. Okanogan County stakeholders completed a VSP Work Plan which was approved by the State of Washington Conservation Commission in 2018. The plan offers a locally driven, grassroots approach to managing interactions between critical areas and agricultural activities, rather than 'one-size-fits-all' regulation

The VSP, which is administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission, seeks to protect and enhance critical areas on lands used for agricultural activities through voluntary actions by agricultural operators. The VSP provides a watershed-oriented framework for protecting critical areas in areas used fo Visit Washington State Conservation Commission's website at WWW dot S dot A dot GOV or contact Barbara Adkins at the Mason Conservation District 360-427-9436 Extension 104 or by Email at DADK INS at Mason CD.org. Well done. Is there any other correspondents or organizational business to come with the body? No. there is not In 2010, The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) began implementation of an expanded monitoring program for Chinook and coho salmon populations in the Lower Columbia River (LCR) region of Southwest Washington (WDFW’s Region 5) and fishery monitoring in the lower mainstem of the Columbia River

Washington State Conservation Commission Carol Smith, Executive Director Washington State Department of Agriculture Derek Sandison, Director November 2019 SCC-GAP-11-19 Contact our office (360-407-6200) or use the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711 to request content in an alternative format Bill Eller joined the State Conservation Commission in 2007. He became the Voluntary Stewardship Program coordinator in 2015 after previously serving as Technical Coordinator of the Columbia River Basin Water Management Program and Central Washington Regional Manager. Bill is also the Commission Elections Officer Conservation Commission. • The program is an alternative approach for counties to meet GMA requirement protect critical areas on agricultural lands. • Clallam decision - because county CAO mentioned in VSP statute does not mean legislature endorsed county CAO As described by the Washington State Conservative Commission, VSP (created in 20 11) gives counties the option to protect critical areas and farmland by implementing plans that rely on incentives — rather than regulations — to encourage farm-friendly conservation practices American Conservation Experience. National Headquarters: 2900 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001. 888-958-681

WADE 2021 Virtual Conference Agenda. June 14-16, 2021. Monday, June 14, 2020. Welcome To WADE, Elections, and Business (WADE) (Room 1) Keynote Speaker - Dean Longrie, Chair of the WA Conservation Commission (Room 1) Social Hour: Peer-to-Peer Community Connection Rooms. Tuesday, June 15, 2020. Social Hour: Envirothon Trivia Whitman Conservation District -Board of Supervisors Meeting. Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:15 p.m. 601 N Main #A, Colfax, WA . The meeting of the Whitman Conservation District was brought to order at 5:15p.m. By Cory Aeschliman, Chair. A quorum was present: Supervisors: Rhod McIntosh, Walter Riley . District Staff: Nancy Hooble

In 2011 the Washington State Legislature created the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP). In 2012, the Board of County Commissioners elected to participate in the program in order to create an. The Board of Supervisors governs the Spokane Conservation District (SCD) and establishes the overall direction and priorities for conservation district programs. Supervisors are local residents who serve voluntarily; local citizens elect three of the members and the Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) appoints the remaining two

Washington State Conservation Commission (WSCC) - State agency providing guidance to Conservation Districts across Washington. Website also provides links to websites of state's Conservation Districts. Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE)- Principal state agency responsible for environmental management, regulation, and enforcement Natural Resources Building P.O. Box 42560 1111 Washington ST SE Olympia, WA 98504-256 A new and revolutionary project is underway in Thurston County, Wash., aimed at creating a better way to support local agriculture and conserve natural resources Dedicated to assisting landowners with financial, technical and educational support to conserve natural resources This program and video were made possible by the Washington State Legislature through the Washington State Conservation Commission. Spring 2021; Winter 2021; Fall 2020; Summer 2020; Spring 2020; FCCD Here for You; Fight Weeds with Natives; Fill Out A VSP Survey; Cost Benefit of Rotations; Fry Swim into Homes; Winter 2020; Fall 2019; Summer 2019. It provides technical assistance with soils, conservation practices, and planning to districts, land users and others. The local NRCS office is located at 765 S Main St, Colville, WA 99114. Visit the Washington State NRCS webpage. State Agencies Washington Conservation Commission - The Washington State Conservation Commission has ten members