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VSP Webinars

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VSP staff and advisory groups offer regular webinars on implementation, available resources, and initiatives.

Disclaimer: Resources listed in the Library of Resources are for informational purposes only. SCC does not endorse or sponsor the publishers, authors, or organizations that developed the content. The library or resource list intends to provide VSP stakeholders with examples, data, protocols, and documents that support monitoring activities within VSP.  

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Monitoring

December 12, 2023

VSP Monitoring Symposium: Identifying and Prioritizing Erosion Hot Spots in the Palouse - Dec. 2023

This webinar explored tools and approaches to identify and prioritize erosion hot spots on agricultural lands. Ryan Boylan, Research and Monitoring Coordinator at Palouse Conservation District, shared his work on this important topic. The second portion of this session provided updates on various projects, programs, and data sets that relate to VSP monitoring.

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Monitoring

November 14, 2023

VSP Fall Monitoring Symposium: Assessing Wetland Functions and Values with Applications to the Voluntary Stewardship Program - Nov. 2023

This webinar on Nov. 14 was focused on assessing wetland functions and values, with an emphasis on applications to watershed-scale monitoring and VSP.

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October 26, 2023

Department of Commerce 2021 webinar series on critical area monitoring

Thanks to VSP stakeholders in Okanogan for the reminder that the Department of Commerce produced a series of webinars in early 2021 related to critical areas, monitoring at the parcel scale, and adaptive management. Those webinars are available for anyone to review at the Washington Department of Commerce Growth Management Critical Areas web page.

SCC highlighted this webinar series in the December 2020 VSP newsletter. At that time, SCC did caution VSP stakeholders that the webinars were focused more on the regulatory aspects of the Growth Management Act, and not so much on the voluntary stewardship program alternative, and monitoring at the parcel scale—a difference from monitoring in VSP, which is done at the watershed scale. Counties using a regulatory basis for protection of critical areas for other land uses likely will eventually focus on watershed or county-level scale for monitoring so some parallel approaches may be relevant, however, the focus of these webinars is at the parcel and individual permit scale.

With the caveats described above, the webinars are available and there is useful background information in them related to the Growth Management Act and critical areas. Webinars may offer helpful information related to monitoring and adaptive management of critical areas, complementing efforts the Commission has made regarding monitoring and adaptive management under VSP. And for those workgroups relying on regulatory backstops, the webinars may have direct applicability.

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Training

June 15, 2023

SSB 5353 - Reopening VSP to the 12 Non-VSP Counties

SSB 5353 – Reopening VSP to the 12 non-VSP counties – informational webinar – Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 9 am. SSB 5353 reopens the VSP to the 12 counties who originally declined to opt into VSP in 2011-2012 (Clallam, Clark, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Klickitat, Pierce, Skamania, Snohomish, Wahkiakum, Whatcom, and Whidbey Island). Governor Inslee signed SSB 5353, making it effective on July 23, 2023. The webinar is designed to walk the 12 counties through the process for opting into VSP, so the webinar is designed for county commissioners, county staff, and conservation district staff of the 12 counties who might join VSP.

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Monitoring

May 30, 2023

Info Session for Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) & Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) - May 2023

The webinar introduced and summarized lessons learned and best practices from multiple watershed scale monitoring efforts conducted by CEAP across the US; and approaches and frameworks used by the ACPF to assist conservation districts, NRCS staff, and other partners with planning, prioritization, monitoring, and outreach at the nexus of agriculture and ecosystems.

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Implementation

May 16, 2023

SCC-County Contract for 2023-35 Biennium Budget Webinar - May 2023

The webinar reviewed the new contract for the 2023-25 biennial budget between VSP counties and SCC, provided a template that a VSP sub-contractor/technical service provider might use when contracting with a VSP county for implementation and summarized the budget for the 2023-25 biennium. You may find the slide deck here.

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Training

May 4, 2023

VSP 101 Training - May 2023

This webinar was tailored toward new VSP staff responsible for tasks like implementation, contracts, processing expense vouchers, cost-share, monitoring, adaptive management, outreach, education, and reporting.

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Implementation

March 28, 2023

VSP Monitoring Guide Forum - March 2023

This monitoring forum was held virtually on March 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and focused on updates to Version 2 of the "Watershed Project Monitoring Development Guide for the Voluntary Stewardship Program of Washington."

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Monitoring

March 9, 2023

VSP Spring Monitoring Symposium - March 2023

The March 9 Monitoring Symposium contained wonderful presentations from WSDA about monitoring data and methods for surface water, crops, soil health, groundwater, and dairy nutrient management.

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Implementation

March 7, 2023

Cost Share and DIP Webinar - March 2023

WA State Conservation Commission (SCC) finance staff, supported by regional managers, lead a training and Q&A about conservation district Cost Share and District Implementation Projects (DIP).

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Monitoring

November 1, 2022

VSP Fall Monitoring Symposium - November 2022

VSP Monitoring Symposium - Fall 2022 (Nov 2022)

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Monitoring

August 1, 2022

NRCS Information Session - August 2022

USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program: A history and future of developing, testing, and transferring plant science technologies to meet natural resource needs.

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Implementation

May 25, 2022

VSP Proposed Fiscal Year 2021-23 Supplemental Budget Guidelines - May 2022

This webinar provides a overview of the FY 22-23 VSP supplemental budget guidelines, process, and timeline.

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