Breiler Ranch, Douglas County

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

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) will use this grant to acquire 50 development rights and place a permanent agricultural conservation easement on approximately 2,450 acres of the Breiler Ranch in Douglas County. This fourth generation dryland wheat farming and grazing operation produces wheat and similar non-irrigated grain crops and supports 40-60 cow/calf pairs. In addition to its agricultural benefits, permanent protection of the dryland agriculture and high quality shrub-steppe grasslands on the property help meet Douglas County’s Habitat Conservation Plan for the greater sage grouse, a state threatened species present on the property. This property adjoins another almost 7,000 acre dryland wheat and cattle ranch on which CDLT will acquire a conservation easement this year. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working farmland.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 229,500 Applicant Match: 450,000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 07 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 19-1462

Location Details

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.