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Olson Family Farm
- Pending Legislative Action
If this grant is funded, Skagit County will place a conservation easement on the Olson farm. This farm has been in the family for several generations and has now come back to just one owner. It is located to the east of I-5 on the edge of the Mount Vernon City Urban Growth Area (UGA) and on Britt Slough. A variety of crops are grown and rotated to ensure good soil tilth. The crops include potatoes, wheat, corn, peas, seed crops, nursery stock and pasture for beef stock. The slough provides water and some habitat to nesting birds and the small amount of wetland is keep unfarmed. The Olson Family Farm is susceptible to conversion due to its proximity to urban services and wonderful views The Farmland Legacy Advisory Committee sees this property as a strategic property with respect to blocking the expansion of the city limits into valuable farmland.
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.