Olympic Stewardship Foundation
A voice for landowners, actively preserving traditional rural values



Public Comment for SMP Closes July 25, 2011

County response to Department of Ecology conditional approval of the locally approved SMP update
See our SMP update page for more information

Summer on the farm
The best stewards of the land are the people who live on and care for their homes and their property. Government bureaucrats working in an office miles away simply are not as much a part of the land as those who call it home.

We believe that property owners have a Constitutionally protected right to use and enjoy their property in a responsible way. That includes the right to a reasonable amount of water for homes and food production. We will not quietly tolerate any taking of those rights in the absence of an empirical showing of significant harm, and we will aggressively pursue regaining those rights that have been abridged.

Representing the regulated community, we participate in processes where land and water use polices are set, provide technical assistance to landowners, and engage in litigation where necessary.  We work to maintain a healthy environment with voluntary stewardship of our natural resources as the best alternative to overly prescriptive regulation.

We know that you are fully capable of providing the best protection of our lands for today and the future.  Working together, we are developing and implementing the stewardship that puts effective conservation on the ground.  Come and join us in our efforts and make them your own, then return to our site frequently for news on the issues and our activities.  The resources you find here will help keep you informed about local and regional land and water use regulations and our stewardship efforts.

Please join us and share your experiences, skills, and knowledge in all areas relating to property ownership and caring for our landscapes as landowners.