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.
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.