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 Washington State Conservation Commission will use this grant to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on approximately 1,925 acres in perpetuity and will extinguish 385 development rights. This land is currently being used for cattle production and supports an upland grazing operation. This property also includes aquatic habitat within the Rock Creek Watershed that would be protected as well, to the benefit of mid-Columbia ESA listed chinook and steelhead, Western Gray squirrel and several other species. The property is located approximately 29 miles east of Goldendale on Bickleton Highway.