Farmland Preservation

The Coalition is thrilled that the legislature appropriated $65 million in the 2013-15 capital budget to fund over 80 projects towards the preservation of wildlife habitat, the protection of working farms and the creation of neighborhood parks and ballfields in communities across Washington.

The legislature added the Farmland Preservation account to the WWRP grant program in 2005. It helps cities and counties preserve working farms for their value as agricultural land, habitat, buffers against urban expansion, and as water resources.  WWRP grants allow farmers to continue working the land their families have owned for generations.  Click on any of the proposed projects below, then Take Action to ask your legislators to support them.

Since 2005, the Coalition has secured $17.5 million for state grants to fund 43  Farmland Preservation projects in Washington State.

Green Marker Broers Organic Berry Farm
Snohomish County will use this grant to purchase development rights...
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Green Marker Crown-S Ranch Farmland
Okanogan County, in partnership with the Methow Conservancy, will use...
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Green Marker Dungeness Farmland
Clallam County will use this grant to preserve 38 acres...
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Green Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland
Island County will use this grant to protect 150 acres...
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Green Marker Methow Farmland
Okanogan County will use this grant to purchase a conservation...
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Green Marker Sequim Farmland
Sequim will use this grant to protect 40 acres of...
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Green Marker Smith Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to buy the development...
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Green Marker Useless Bay East Farmland
Island County will use this grant to buy an agricultural...
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Red Marker Cowiche Basin Rangelands
WWRP Grant funding will allow Washington State Conservation Commission in...
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Red Marker Curtis Farm
With WWRP Grant funds, Skagit County will protect Curtis Farm...
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Red Marker Ebey's Reserve - 3 Sisters Family Farms
With grant funding, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust will acquire...
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Red Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Ebey's Prairie
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
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Red Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - North Penn Cove
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
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Red Marker Egbers Farm
Skagit County will use the WWRP grant to protect Egber...
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Red Marker Fohn Farm
Skagit County seeks to protect the Fohn Family Farm with...
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Red Marker Harmony Farm
The WWRP will allow Skagit County to protect Harmony Farm...
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Red Marker Hedlin Farm
WWRP grant funding will allow Skagit County to protect the...
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Red Marker M. Egbers Farm
WWRP grant funding will allow Skagit County to protect the...
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Red Marker Nelson-Brand Farm
With this WWRP grant funding, Skagit County will be able...
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Red Marker Nelson-Estes Farm
Skagit County will use this WWRP grant to place a...
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Red Marker Olson Family Farm
With this grant, Skagit County will place a conservation easement...
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Red Marker Robinette Ranch
With WWRP grant funding, PCC Farmland Trust will partner with...
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Red Marker Schell Farmland
With this WWRP grant, Okanogan Land Trust can place a...
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Red Marker Short Family Farm
Jefferson Land Trust will use this WWRP grant to purchase...
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Red Marker Stephen Johnson Farm
With this WWRP grant, Skagit County will protect the Stephen...
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Red Marker Sturgeon Farm
A WWRP grant will enable PCC Farmland Trust to acquire...
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Red Marker Trout Lake Valley
Columbia Land Trust will use a WWRP grant to place...
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Note: Not all projects are shown. red = pending, green = funded

Recently Funded WWRP Projects - 2013 19 total projects $6,385,000

Cowiche Basin Rangelands - Conservation Commission - $2,192,680 WWRP Grant funding will allow Washington State Conservation Commission in...
Curtis Farm - Skagit County - $68,750 With WWRP Grant funds, Skagit County will protect Curtis Farm...
Ebey's Reserve - 3 Sisters Family Farms - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $500,000 With grant funding, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust will acquire...
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Ebey's Prairie - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $215,000 The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - North Penn Cove - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $262,500 The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
Egbers Farm - Skagit County - $47,000 Skagit County will use the WWRP grant to protect Egber...
Fohn Farm - Skagit County - $53,550 Skagit County seeks to protect the Fohn Family Farm with...
Harmony Farm - Skagit County - $103,700 The WWRP will allow Skagit County to protect Harmony Farm...
Hedlin Farm - Skagit County - $181,350 WWRP grant funding will allow Skagit County to protect the...
M. Egbers Farm - Skagit County - $48,600 WWRP grant funding will allow Skagit County to protect the...
Nelson-Brand Farm - Skagit County - $63,700 With this WWRP grant funding, Skagit County will be able...
Nelson-Estes Farm - Skagit County - $48,550 Skagit County will use this WWRP grant to place a...
Olson Family Farm - Skagit County - $88,600 With this grant, Skagit County will place a conservation easement...
Robinette Ranch - PCC Farmland Trust - $92,500 With WWRP grant funding, PCC Farmland Trust will partner with...
Schell Farmland - Okanogan Land Trust - $351,100 With this WWRP grant, Okanogan Land Trust can place a...
Short Family Farm - Jefferson Land Trust - $468,500 Jefferson Land Trust will use this WWRP grant to purchase...
Stephen Johnson Farm - Skagit County - $4,135 With this WWRP grant, Skagit County will protect the Stephen...
Sturgeon Farm - PCC Farmland Trust - $480,000 A WWRP grant will enable PCC Farmland Trust to acquire...
Trout Lake Valley - Columbia Land Trust - $1,114,785 Columbia Land Trust will use a WWRP grant to place...

1990 - 2010 Funded Projects 28 total projects $12,292,602

Black River Ranch - Thurston County - $1,096,580
Bonlie Development Rights Acquisition - King County - $70,911
Broers Organic Berry Farm - Snohomish County - $252,233
Brown Dairy - Jefferson County - $95,046
Crown-S Ranch Farmland - Okanogan County - $213,749
Dungeness Farmland - Clallam County - $293,471
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Island County - $750,000
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle - Island County - $659,431
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle II - Island County - $672,500
Eldridge Farm Acquisition - Whatcom County - $160,310
Ellis Barnes Livestock Company - Okanogan Land Trust - $849,200
Finn Hall Farm - Clallam County - $438,639
Finnriver Farm - Jefferson County - $203,500
Firdell Farm - Skagit County - $56,709
Glendale Farm - Jefferson County - $546,737
Lopez Island Farmland - San Juan County Land Bank - $300,000
Lower Methow Farmland - Okanogan County - $395,908
Methow Farmland - Okanogan County - $387,037
Nelson Ranch Farmland - Okanogan County - $616,050
Orting Valley Farms - Pierce County - $633,374
Peoples Ranch - Snohomish County - $410,029
Sequim Farmland - City of Sequim - $750,000
Smith Farm - Skagit County - $319,455
Smith Prairie Farmland - Ebey's Reserve - Island County - $390,850
Triple Creek Ranch 2008 - Kittitas County - $649,575
Trout Lake Valley Farm - Columbia Land Trust - $685,857
Useless Bay East Farmland - Island County - $317,241
Willie Greens Organic Farm - Snohomish County - $78,210

What is the WWRP?

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.

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The President’s budget for 2015 released today contains full and dedicated funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), setting the stage for an historic investment in America’s most important conservation program. Learn more here.

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Conservationists have reason to celebrate the budget agreement passed Wednesday, thanks to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA. The deal includes a reserve fund for our nation’s premier conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Learn more here.

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