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If this WWRP grant is funded, Whatcom County will purchase a permanent agricultural conservation easement deed on the Funk property through the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program. The 38.17 acre property contains 100% prime soils, with the north fork of Dakota Creek travelling near the northern edge of the property, and the south fork in the southeastern most corner. A riparian area is on either side of the creeks, covering a total of about 14 acres. The north riparian area is managed through the USDA-NRCS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program term lease. A permanent easement would preclude development or subdivision of this property. The Whatcom Land Trust would be a partner in this easement acquisition project. WLT has protected over 6,296 acres of land with 72 different conservation easements, 13 of which are co-held with Whatcom County through the PDR program. The land trust produces the baseline documentation for the easement deed, and performs annual monitoring on the properties. They also manage a dedicated fund specifically for easement enforcement and defense. The property lies within both the Stein Road PDR Target Area, and the Loomis Trail Rural Study Area - priority areas identified due to the threat of conversion and strategic ag location & soils.
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.