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.
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to acquire a permanent agricultural easement on about 2,691 acres of working rangeland located about 20 miles north of Tonasket in Okanogan County. The project boundary also includes wetlands that provide waterfowl habitat and other riparian values critical to the arid climate. The easement will prevent future development by extinguishing 247 development rights and ensure the land will remain available for farming in perpetuity.