Ten farms in Skagit County were awarded $702,000 in grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, writes the Skagit Valley Herald. Skagit County put forth more farmland protection projects than anywhere else in the state.
Excerpt: “Kendra Smith, executive director of the Farmland Legacy Program, said the grants will not only protect some of the most productive farmland in the world, they will help preserve the county’s agricultural economy and natural habitats.
“The community gets the protection of farmland forever. We are also protecting the landscape and land use that has less impact to the environment than other land uses,” Smith said.”