Ebey’s Reserve Farmland – Engle

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

Island County and the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust will co-hold a conservation easement on 83 acres of prime farmland located in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. The property lies on the south boundary of the historic Town of Coupeville and has been farmed for the last 150 years. The easement will protect one of the most productive and fertile agricultural properties in Island County and help ensure the future viability of agriculture in Ebey’s Reserve. The economic productivity is excellent with crops including but not limited to alfalfa, wheat, barley, corn, numerous seed crops and produce. The corn silage has the highest food value in the region. The Property is an exceedingly critical connection between a major farm and hundreds of acres of farmland protected by conservation easements held by the National Park Service.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Island County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 659431.42 Applicant Match: 810000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Island Legislative District: 10 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 07-1600

Location Details

Head north from the Clinton Ferry Landing on Highway 525 (which becomes Hwy 20). Turn left at Main Street stoplight in Coupeville. Go straight on South Main Street after going past four-way stop sign. The property is on the left side of Engle Road (S. Main becomes Engle Road) just as you leave the Town of Coupeville.

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.