Black River Ranch

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

This grant allowed Thurston County to purchase a permanent conservation (agricultural) easement on 510 (509.65) acres of the 721-acre Black River Ranch, thereby ensuring this property is available for agricultural production in perpetuity. The county loses more than 1,000 acres of farmland a year to other uses. The Black River Ranch is one of the largest farms in the county and contains a diverse complex of wetlands, floodplain, riparian, and upland habitat, as well as extensive farmlands. The property is between large protected areas – the Glacial Heritage Preserve to the east and Mima Creek Preserve to the west. The project is an innovative partnership project between conservation land trusts, agricultural land trusts, local government, tribal government, private landowners, and state and federal agencies.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Thurston County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $ 809,256.54 Applicant Match: $ 884,564.67 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1362
Photo Credit: Steve Payne
Photo Credit: RCO PRISM
Photo Credit: RCO PRISM
Photo Credit: RCO PRISM

Location Details

South of Littlerock Washington, 2 miles on Mima - Gate Road SW.

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.