Barnes Rangeland Conservation Easement

Category Overview

Farmland Preservation protects valuable farmland and habitat for recreationally important animals, like salmon, birds, deer, and elk. These projects allow families to continue farming the land they have worked on for generations, and provide Washingtonians with healthy local food and a diverse economy. WWRP is the only source of farmland preservation funding in the state budget.

Project Highlights

The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 2,691 acres of the Ellis Barnes Livestock Company’s rangeland, which will restrict future development. The land includes wetlands that provide habitat for waterfowl, cavity-nesting ducks, and Chinook salmon. The Barnes family began assembling this ranch in 1924 and incorporated it in 1929, making it one of the oldest in Okanogan County. This family-owned cow-calf operation is one of a handful still operating in the northern Okanogan Valley and contributes significantly to the local agricultural economy. Okanogan Land Trust will contribute $729,364 in a federal appropriation and donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $ 729,363.00 Applicant Match: $ 729,364.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1705

Location Details

From Highway 97 in Tonasket turn onto 4th ST going west cross the river and turn right (North) onto Highway 7, continue straight onto Loomis-Oroville RD. Turn right onto Wannacut Lake Road. Keep Left at the T intersection to stay on Wannacut Rd. Turn right on to Ellis-Barnes Road/ Ellemeham Mountain Road and take a left at the T intersection to stay on Ellemeham Mountain Road and continue for one mile and you will have reached the project worksite.

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.