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.
Skagit County will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 150 acres on the western Skagit River delta, immediately south of State Route 20 and between Telegraph Slough and Blind Slough. This land produces potatoes. This project will protect farmland, conserve soil, and protect critical areas in perpetuity. It also will reduce the number of homes and septic systems in the floodplain. Skagit County will contribute $222,875 in conservation futures.