Farmland Preservation

The Coalition requests that Governor Inslee and the legislature commit $97 million to fund outdoor recreation and conservation projects through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). The Coalition believes increased funding for the WWRP is needed to meet the demand of a growing population in addition to rising construction and land costs. There are about 220 WWRP applications for the 2015 budget cycle.

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 49  Farmland Preservation projects in Washington State.

Green Marker Black River Ranch
This grant allowed Thurston County to purchase a permanent conservation...
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Green Marker Broers Organic Berry Farm
Snohomish County will use this grant to purchase development rights...
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Green Marker Brown Dairy
Jefferson County and the Jefferson Land Trust, as co-grantees, acquired...
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Green Marker Cowiche Basin Rangelands
The Conservation Commission, in partnership with the North Yakima Conservation...
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Green Marker Cowiche Basin Working Rangelands
The Conservation Commission, in partnership with the North Yakima Conservation...
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Green Marker Crown-S Ranch Farmland
The scope of this project will protect 49.57 acres of...
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Green Marker Curtis Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase one development...
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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 Ebey's Reserve Farmland - 3 Sisters Family Farms
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust (WCLT) will use this grant...
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Green Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Ebey's Prairie 2010
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
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Green Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle
Island County and the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust will co-hold a...
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Green Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle II
This project acquired five permanent agricultural conservation easements on 106...
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Green Marker Ebey's Reserve Farmland - North Penn Cove
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will utilize this grant to...
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Green Marker Egbers Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase one development...
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Green Marker Eldridge Farm Acquisition
Whatcom County will use this grant to acquire development rights...
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Green Marker Ellis Barnes Livestock Company
The Okanogan Land Trust used this grant to purchase a...
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Green Marker Finn Hall Farm
This project preserves the 60.74-acre Finn Hall Farm in eastern...
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Green Marker Finnriver Farm
Jefferson County and the Jefferson Land Trust will use this...
47.97655509 -122.7753495
Green Marker Firdell Farm
Firdell Farm, which includes 157 acres and produces seed crops,...
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Green Marker Fohn Land III LLC
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase one development...
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Green Marker Glendale Farm
Jefferson County, in partnership with the Jefferson Land Trust, will...
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Green Marker Harmony Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase two development...
48.43425602 -122.43052511
Green Marker Hedlin Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase three development...
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Green Marker Hendry Farm
King County's Farmland Preservation Program used this grant to purchase...
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Green Marker Lopez Island Farmland
This grant helped purchase a conservation easement on 95 acres...
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Green Marker Lower Methow Farmland
The scope of this project is to purchase a conservation...
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Green Marker M. Egbers Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase one development...
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Green Marker Methow Farmland
Okanogan County will use this grant to purchase a conservation...
48.39945582 -120.13151668
Green Marker Nelson Ranch Farmland
This project acquired a permanent agricultural easement to protect 1,026...
48.89132404 -119.16831501
Green Marker Nelson-Brand Farm
Skagit County will use this grant funding to purchase one...
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Green Marker Nelson-Estes Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase one development...
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Green Marker Olson Family Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to acquire one development...
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Green Marker Orting Valley Farms
Pierce County, in partnership with the Puget Community Cooperative Farmland...
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Green Marker Peoples Ranch
This project allowed Snohomish County to purchase a permanent agricultural...
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Green Marker Schell Farmland
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
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Green Marker Schwerin Farmland Preservation Easement
Blue Mountain Land Trust acquired an agricultural conservation easement to...
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Green Marker Sequim Farmland
Sequim will use this grant to protect 40 acres of...
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Green Marker Short Family Farm
Jefferson Land Trust will use this grant to purchase development...
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Green Marker Smith Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to buy the development...
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Green Marker Smith Prairie Farmland - Ebey's Reserve
Island County, in partnership with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust,...
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Green Marker Stephen Johnson Farm
Skagit County will use this grant to purchase two development...
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Green Marker Sturgeon Farm Conservation Easement
On July 1st 2013, PCC Farmland Trust acquired 21 development...
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Green Marker Triple Creek Ranch 2008
This project funded a purchase of an agricultural conservation easement...
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Green Marker Trout Lake Valley
Columbia Land Trust used this grant to acquire an agricultural...
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Green Marker Trout Lake Valley Phase 2
The Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to purchase...
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Green Marker Useless Bay East Farmland
The proposal is to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on...
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Green Marker Willie Greens Organic Farm
This project allowed Snohomish County to purchase a permanent agricultural...
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Red Marker Bishop Dairy Preservation
Jefferson Land Trust (JLT) will use this grant to purchase...
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Red Marker Breckenridge Farm Skagit County
Breckenridge Farm is 78 acres with 1 development right located...
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Red Marker Dungeness Watershed Farmland Protection Phase III
The Dungeness Watershed Farmland Protection Phase III will result in...
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Red Marker Issac Jennings Hart Farm Skagit County
The Hart Farm is 160 acres next to the original...
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Red Marker JC Nelson Farm
This is a farmland protection project located in the Skagit...
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Red Marker Kirby Johnson Farm Skagit County
The Kirby Johnson Farm is 50 acres that has a...
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Red Marker Knutzen Farm Skagit County
The Knutzen Farm is approximately 160 acres of a much...
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Red Marker Lone Lake Farmland
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust proposes to acquire agricultural conservation...
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Red Marker Lust Family Farm and Ranch Preservation Project
The 358 ac property is situated adjacent to a highly...
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Red Marker Maple K Meyers Place
The Palouse Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
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Red Marker Nelson Church Farm
The Nelson-Church farm is only 23 acres but is next...
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Red Marker Nelson Ranch Easement Acquisition
This project seeks to protect a strategic and historically important...
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Red Marker Nelson Vinerset Farm Skagit County
The Nelson-VinerSet Farm is part of much larger farming operation...
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Red Marker Nelson-Omdal Farm
The Nelson-Omdal farm is a 90 acre farm located in...
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Red Marker Olma North Ranchland
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
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Red Marker Olma South Farmland
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
48.72082278 -119.37505959
Red Marker Skagit Co Farmland
There are 11 farms within the Skagit Basin Farmland Legacy...
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Red Marker Soriano Ranch Project
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
48.51825979 -119.32363454
Red Marker Strandberg Farm & Ranchland Project
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
48.80899087 -118.59172261
Red Marker Thulen Farm Skagit County
The Thulen Farm is 155 acres located at a major...
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Red Marker Vander Voet Farm
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will use this grant to...
48.2591104 -122.67801447
Red Marker Wesen Farm
The Wesen Farm is one of the few dairies left...
48.54598444 -122.38991954
Red Marker Wylie Farm
This farm is the focal farm as people drive into...
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Note: Not all projects are shown. red = pending, green = funded

Proposed WWRP Projects - 2015 23 total projects $10,054,619

Bishop Dairy Preservation - Jefferson Land Trust - $481,225 Jefferson Land Trust (JLT) will use this grant to purchase...
Breckenridge Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $78,600 Breckenridge Farm is 78 acres with 1 development right located...
Dungeness Watershed Farmland Protection Phase III - North Olympic Land Trust - $343,875 The Dungeness Watershed Farmland Protection Phase III will result in...
Issac Jennings Hart Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $203,700 The Hart Farm is 160 acres next to the original...
JC Nelson Farm - Skagit County - $160,200 This is a farmland protection project located in the Skagit...
Kirby Johnson Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $78,550 The Kirby Johnson Farm is 50 acres that has a...
Knutzen Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $220,500 The Knutzen Farm is approximately 160 acres of a much...
Lone Lake Farmland - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $400,000 The Whidbey Camano Land Trust proposes to acquire agricultural conservation...
Lust Family Farm and Ranch Preservation Project - Conservation Commission - $1,704,153 The 358 ac property is situated adjacent to a highly...
Maple K Meyers Place - Palouse Land Trust - $540,250 The Palouse Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
Nelson Church Farm - Skagit County - $53,550 The Nelson-Church farm is only 23 acres but is next...
Nelson Ranch Easement Acquisition - Capitol Land Trust - $750,000 This project seeks to protect a strategic and historically important...
Nelson Vinerset Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $53,675 The Nelson-VinerSet Farm is part of much larger farming operation...
Nelson-Omdal Farm - Skagit County - $93,000 The Nelson-Omdal farm is a 90 acre farm located in...
Olma North Ranchland - Okanogan Land Trust - $757,000 The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
Olma South Farmland - Okanogan Land Trust - $277,354 The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
Skagit Co Farmland - Skagit County - $58,237 There are 11 farms within the Skagit Basin Farmland Legacy...
Soriano Ranch Project - Okanogan Land Trust - $2,105,250 The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
Strandberg Farm & Ranchland Project - Okanogan Land Trust - $753,563 The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire...
Thulen Farm Skagit County - Skagit County - $190,350 The Thulen Farm is 155 acres located at a major...
Vander Voet Farm - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $564,100 The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will use this grant to...
Wesen Farm - Skagit County - $58,687 The Wesen Farm is one of the few dairies left...
Wylie Farm - Skagit County - $128,800 This farm is the focal farm as people drive into...

WWRP Funded Projects 1990 - Present 48 total projects $17,752,619

Black River Ranch - Thurston County - $809,256
Broers Organic Berry Farm - Snohomish County - $252,233
Brown Dairy - Jefferson County - $95,046
Cowiche Basin Rangelands - Conservation Commission - $1,723,835
Cowiche Basin Working Rangelands - Conservation Commission - $468,845
Crown-S Ranch Farmland - Okanogan County - $213,749
Curtis Farm - Skagit County - $68,750
Dungeness Farmland - Clallam County - $293,471
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Island County - $750,000
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - 3 Sisters Family Farms - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $500,000
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Ebey's Prairie 2010 - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $215,000
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle - Island County - $659,431
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - Engle II - Island County - $612,915
Ebey's Reserve Farmland - North Penn Cove - Whidbey Camano Land Trust - $262,500
Egbers Farm - Skagit County - $47,000
Eldridge Farm Acquisition - Whatcom County - $160,310
Ellis Barnes Livestock Company - Okanogan Land Trust - $788,593
Finn Hall Farm - Clallam County - $438,639
Finnriver Farm - Jefferson County - $203,500
Firdell Farm - Skagit County - $201,250
Fohn Land III LLC - Skagit County - $53,550
Glendale Farm - Jefferson County - $546,737
Harmony Farm - Skagit County - $103,700
Hedlin Farm - Skagit County - $181,350
Hendry Farm - King County - $70,911
Lopez Island Farmland - San Juan County Land Bank - $300,000
Lower Methow Farmland - Okanogan County - $395,908
M. Egbers Farm - Skagit County - $48,600
Methow Farmland - Okanogan County - $387,037
Nelson Ranch Farmland - Okanogan County - $616,050
Nelson-Brand Farm - Skagit County - $63,700
Nelson-Estes Farm - Skagit County - $48,550
Olson Family Farm - Skagit County - $88,600
Orting Valley Farms - Pierce County - $633,374
Peoples Ranch - Snohomish County - $410,029
Schell Farmland - Okanogan Land Trust - $351,100
Schwerin Farmland Preservation Easement - Blue Mountain Land Trust - $100,000
Sequim Farmland - Sequim - $750,000
Short Family Farm - Jefferson Land Trust - $468,500
Smith Farm - Skagit County - $319,455
Smith Prairie Farmland - Ebey's Reserve - Island County - $267,222
Stephen Johnson Farm - Skagit County - $4,135
Sturgeon Farm Conservation Easement - PCC Farmland Trust - $480,000
Triple Creek Ranch 2008 - Kittitas County - $320,943
Trout Lake Valley - Columbia Land Trust - $468,609
Trout Lake Valley Phase 2 - Columbia Land Trust - $1,114,785
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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Washington Land & Water projects left unfunded by omnibus appropriation

Congress will leave DC with a spending bill that maintains previous-year funding levels for the nation’s premier program for outdoor recreation and conservation, but falls short of reauthorizing the program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) many bipartisan champions in the House and Senate had urged for full funding and renewal of the program. Learn more here.

Over 100 outdoor recreation, conservation projects ranked as state priorities, need funding from legislature

More than 100 recreation, wildlife habitat and working lands projects around the state of Washington have been ranked as priority projects by the Recreation Conservation Office (RCO). Whether the 33 counties and dozens of communities who would benefit from these projects are able to complete them is dependent on adequate funding of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). Learn more here.

Coalition requests $97 million to fund conservation, outdoor recreation

The Coalition believes increased funding for the WWRP is needed to meet the demand of a growing population in addition to rising construction and land costs. Learn more here.

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