Mission

Our Mission

Valley Stewardship Network works to protect our land and waters through research, education, and community empowerment.

Our Vision
We envision a rural landscape where people are actively engaged in achieving the ideals of healthy ecosystems, vital communities, responsible land use, and a dynamic, sustainable economy. Communities work cooperatively to protect and enhance the watershed for future generations.

Strategy Statement

Valley Stewardship Network’s (VSN’s) mission is to protect our land and waters through research, education, and supporting community empowerment. VSN will be a resource for our communities by facilitating collaboration between and supporting stakeholders in our regional watersheds, including landowners, farmers, townspeople, businesses, conservation organizations, municipalities, and our partners. VSN will support the protection of water quality and watersheds by offering technical, science-based solutions to mitigate high-risk environmental practices. VSN will promote conservation by educating community members to evaluate ecological conditions and will encourage voluntary adoption of best-management practices. VSN will maintain a diplomatic, cooperative approach focused on positive, solution-oriented activities. VSN’s motto “Connect to Protect” helps all stakeholders connect to ways they can be involved in long-term, science-based solutions to protect our watersheds.

Valley Stewardship Network Strategic Plan – 2023 – 2028

 Approved 3-19-2024

 

GOALS:

Promote implementation of Best Management Practices that improve and protect water quality, climate resiliency, and habitat

By providing outreach and technical assistance with conservation practices, we seek to achieve measurable changes to in-stream water quality parameters, resiliency to climate extremes such as drought and flooding, and habitat availability for wildlife

Increase community involvement in addressing environmental issues

We seek to maximize our reach by growing VSN membership and expanding the number of conservation stakeholders with whom we work

Achieve change by serving as a resource hub

VSN fosters collaboration and connects regional stakeholders – including VSN members, community members, governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and universities – with resources, information, and partnerships necessary for conserving water quality

 

STRATEGIES:

Goal: Promote implementation of Best Management Practices that improve and protect water quality, climate resiliency, and habitat

  • Increase landowner participation in Best Management Practices
  • Monitor water quality, water infiltration, soil health, and plant and animal composition to identify areas of need and track success of management efforts
  • Analyze and report water quality results and identify solutions for water quality impairment
  • Outreach and Education to increase awareness of and connect landowners to conservation programs
  • Target outreach to landowners for conservation practices for landscape scale habitat conservation for birds and other wildlife

 

Goal: Increase community involvement in addressing environmental issues

  • Increase member engagement
  • Promote citizen science monitoring of water quality (i.e., Water Action Volunteers), biological communities, and other ecological indicators
  • Outreach and Education
  • Enhance public relations

 

Goal: Achieve change by serving as a resource hub

  • Empower members by providing resources and information on current local environmental issues
  • Offer services to members by
    1. Collecting and summarizing data
    2. Including members in events
    3. Providing support for community initiatives that protect and enhance water quality
  • Expand network of partner organizations
  • Promote partnership between organizations (e.g., universities and agencies)

We know you love this place, too.

Our community health is dependent upon the clean water and rich soil that feed our local economy. We depend upon volunteers and donations to support our stewardship outreach and education programs.