The mission of the Pend Oreille Conservation District is to protect and enhance all natural resources including, but not limited to, air, soil, forest, wildlife, water, and land in the district through education, partnerships, and implementation using best management practices and financial/technical assistance. Read more on our About Us page!

Mailing Address:

   PO Box 465

   Newport, WA 99156

Office Location:

   121 N Washington Ave

   Newport, WA 99156

(Entrance is located at the rear of building, behind Frontier Title & Escrow.) 

Email Address: 




Office   (509)447-1155

​​​Mobile  (509)671-0659

Office Hours: 

   Monday            7am-3pm

   Tuesday            7am-3pm

   Wednesday      7am-3pm

   Thursday          7am-3pm

   Friday                7am-3pm





VSP is a collaborative process that helps Washington communities ensure healthy landscapes and strong farms for the future. Through VSP, counties work with local residents to develop a plan to manage growth, protect critical areas, and maintain viable agriculture.


Managing population growth and development 

• Our state’s Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW) requires all counties to develop plans for managing population growth and development.

• The plans must identify and protect critical areas (see left sidebar), including critical areas on agricultural lands.

• Plans also preserve farmland by preventing urban growth from crowding out agriculture. 

A voluntary approach supporting agriculture and natural resources 


• Prior to 2011, the main tool for counties to ensure protection of critical areas on agricultural land was regulation.

• Regulation of agricultural landowners can threaten farm viability and lead to legal battles.

• 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. Washington State Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP)

There are five critical areas identified in Washington’s Growth Management Act that each county must designate and protect:


1. Wetlands

2. Frequently flooded areas

3. Critical aquifer recharge areas

4. Geologically hazardous areas

5. Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas (emphasis on anadromous fish)


VSP Updates

We're making great progress since contracted in 2018 towards completing the programs requirements!

Goals met!

Download past agendas and minutes to check out all the progress!

Keep Up To Date

We've published articles, made handouts, postcards and displays! Check them out!



Step 1

Not sure if you qualify? Ready for a site visit? Just want more info? Contact us today!

Step 2

Schedule a free site visit with us that works best for you! 

Step 3

At our site visit, we'd like to see what you're already doing great at and help you find other management practices or resources to help you! 

Step 4

Ongoing communication to further help you steward your resources and maintain project goals!

Get Involved


We're Here to Help!


Have any questions about the VSP program? Would you like to receive any handouts? Lisa would love to help!

509 447 4451


Education & Outreach

Lisa Alkire


Would you like to know more about the programs progress? What projects are currently being implemented?


509 671 0659

District Manager

David Marcell


Want to schedule a free site visit? Do you have questions about the best management practice? Alex is ready to assist!


Technical Assistance

Alex Case-Cohen