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Trout Lake Valley Farm
- Funded in 2011
The Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement to prohibit further development of 215.5 acres of the Schmid farm in the Trout Lake valley. The valley is a unique agricultural valley in the shadow of Mount Adams. It is renowned for its beauty, productive farm and forest lands, and abundant wildlife and recreation. The valley farmland is threatened by development of vacation houses. Of the 7,500 acres of land zoned for farmland, more than 300 homes could be built. The Schmid farm produces alfalfa, used to feed its dairy cows. The Schmids are fourth generation Trout Lake farmers, and one of the first organic dairy farmers in the Pacific Northwest. The landowner will contribute $435,000 in donated property interest.
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.