Seattle — Ten farmland preservation projects throughout Washington State were approved this month by the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) to receive a total of $4.7 million in funding, and six other projects have been approved as alternates. The projects now go before the Governor and the Legislature for approval during the 2008 session.
The money comes from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), a state grant program that enables wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation and farmland preservation projects. The $4.7 million has already been approved as part of the WWRP’s $100 million 2007-2009 appropriation. On the list for approval by the Governor and Legislature are:
WWRP, Farmland Preservation Ranked List of Projects:
- Peoples Ranch, Snohomish County, $750,000
- Glendale Farm, Jefferson County, $546,737
- Ebey’s Reserve Farmland – Engle, Island County, $750,000
- Terry’s Berries Farm, Pierce County, $291,370
- Orting Valley Farms, Pierce County, $750,000
- Willie Greens Organic Farm, Snohomish County, $78,210
- Rattlesnake Hills Working Rangelands, Yakima County, $576,650
- Useless Bay East Farmland, Island County, $500,000
- Crown-S Ranch Farmland, Okanogan County, $213,750
- Biderbost Farm, Snohomish County, $280,710
- Triple Creek Ranch, Kittitas County, Alternate
- Enumclaw Plateau Pasture Land, King County, Alternate
- Pearson Eddy, Snohomish County, Alternate
- Cowiche Basin Working Rangelands – Phase 1, Yakima Count, Alternate
- Finn Hall Farm Phase 1, Clallam County, Alternate
- Setzer Farm, Snohomish County, Alternate, $4,737,427
For further information on individual projects, visit www.WildlifeRecreation.org or contact the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition leverages public funding for parks, trails and working farms. In the 2007 legislative session, the Coalition was the driving force behind securing $100 million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, a government grant program that funds park, wildlife habitat and farmland preservation projects throughout Washington. This victory represents the largest single two-year investment in parks and green space in state history and will fund over 135 projects all over the state.