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Schweickert Farm Easement Acquisition-Restoration

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Awaiting Legislative Action
WWRP Applicant: Capitol Land Trust WWRP Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $165,000 Applicant Match: $165,000 Project Type: Acquisition & Restoration County: Thurston  Legislative District: 20th 

This project seeks to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 85 acres of prime farmland and important salmon and wildlife habitat near Rochester, in southern Thurston County. The Schweickert farm includes 1,500 feet of frontage along both sides of Scatter Creek, which is lacking a riparian buffer. Thus, the restoration component of this project seeks to plant and fence a 100' buffer on each bank of Scatter Creek. This stretch of Scatter Creek has been documented to provide habitat to fall Chinook, and spawning habitat for Coho and winter steelhead. In addition, the farm has 86.25 acre-feet of water rights, approximately 6,200 square feet of farm outbuildings, an irrigation well and risers, and prime agricultural farm soils. This property is directly adjacent to the Scatter Creek Community Farm & Conservancy and will allow the community farm to expand their "farm incubator" program which provides education and training to new farmers.

RCO Project Number: 14-1719

Location

Take I-5 south out of Olympia, exit at Grand Mound/Rochester exit, head West on US Hwy 12 toward Rochester. Just before entering Rochester, turn left on Denmark St SW, proceed to the intersection with James Rd SW, turn right onto James Rd and proceed to Roseburg St SW, which is on the right. The property and driveway is on the left, directly opposite Roseburg St.

Red Marker Schweickert Farm Easement Acquisition-Restoration
This project seeks to acquire a conservation easement on approximately 85 acres of prime farmland and important salmon and wildlife habitat near Rochester, in southern Thurston County. The Schweickert farm includes 1,500 feet of frontage along both sides of Scatter Creek, which is lacking a riparian buffer. Thus, the restoration component of this project seeks to plant and fence a 100' buffer on each bank of Scatter Creek. This stretch of Scatter Creek has been documented to provide habitat to fall Chinook, and spawning habitat for Coho and winter steelhead. In addition, the farm has 86.25 acre-feet of water rights, approximately 6,200 square feet of farm outbuildings, an irrigation well and risers, and prime agricultural farm soils. This property is directly adjacent to the Scatter Creek Community Farm & Conservancy and will allow the community farm to expand their "farm incubator" program which provides education and training to new farmers.
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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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