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 Jefferson Land Trust will use this grant to purchase development rights on the approximately 265 acre Bishop Dairy, located south of Chimacum in Jefferson County. The purpose of this acquisition is to permanently protect this property from development and preserve the prime soils, habitat and scenic character of the last operating dairy in the fertile Beaver Valley. Conservation values include 198 acres of pasture and grazing land consisting of prime soils and agricultural infrastructure, 36 acres of working forest, and nearly a mile of bank feet of Riparian Protection habitat for spawning coho, migrating cutthroat and steelhead.