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Voluntary Stewardship Program Watershed Work Group - 2021/07/20 NEWS RELEASE July 20, 2021 MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE 411 N 5T" ST, BLDG 1, SHELTON, WA 98584 TO: KMAS, KRXY, SHELTON-MASON COUNTY JOURNAL, THE OLYMPIAN, SHELTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NORTH MASON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CITY OF SHELTON, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE SUN RE: VSP Watershed Work Group Mason County is seeking applications for the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) Watershed Work Group. Established under the Growth Management Act, VSP is a non- regulatory, voluntary approach to protecting critical areas where agricultural activities are occurring. This program is implemented through a Work Plan approved by the Washington State Conservation Commission. The Work Group, also created under this Act, is responsible for the Work Plan's implementation. With technical assistance from the Mason Conservation District, the Work Group monitors achievement of the Plan's goals for protection and enhancement of critical areas, institutes adaptive management when goals are not being met, participates in outreach that encourages agricultural operators to implement best management practices, and approves two year and five year reports submitted to the Conservation Commission. The Work Group has no term limits, and is open to all interested parties including tribes, conservation groups, agencies and stakeholders. The Group meets as often as needed, generally three to four times a year, with a regular meeting schedule to be set in the near future. Applications can be obtained from Mason County Community Services, 61S W. Alder Street, Shelton, WA 98584 or by visiting their website at www.co.mason.wa.us/community-services/planning/vsp.php. For additional information on Washington State's Voluntary Stewardship Program visit the Washington State Conservation Commission's website at www.scc.wa.gov, or contact Barbara Adkins at the Mason Conservation District, (360) 427-9436, Ext. 104 or by email at badkins@masoncd.or . BOARD OF MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS / I Ran y Neatherlin Kevin Shutt �haronask Chair Commissioner Commissioner