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Short Family Farm
- Pending Legislative Action
Jefferson Land Trust will use this WWRP grant to purchase a conservation easement on the Short Family Farm south of Chimacum in Jefferson County. Acquisition of a conservation easement will help preserve the prime soils and habitat of one of the largest operating farms in the fertile Center Valley, provide funding for the farmer to consolidate ownership of the property with family trust members, and reduce future development and make it affordable for the next generation. Zoning allows for up to 10 additional residences, and nearby farms are being subdivided for residential use. Conservation values include 256 acres of pastureland consisiting of prime soils,7500 feet of riparian habitat for migrating coho and steelhead, and farm infrastructure. The trumpeter swan habitat on this farm is unique in the state due to agricultural practices that maintain native manna grass. Many waterfowl species, raptors and other wildlife utilize the farm. The highly visible, scenic vistas define the rural character this area, and protection of the strategically located farm will greatly enhance the viability of our agricultural community. The Short Farm preservation effort is a top priority for Jefferson County. The land trust has worked closely with the County and Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative partners to support our agricultural land protection, economy and culture. The Short Family has a long history of dairy and now grass fed beef.
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.