Ellis Barnes Livestock Company

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 Okanogan Land Trust used this grant to purchase a permanent agricultural easement to protect 1590 acres of the Ellis Barnes Livestock Company’s ranch both rangeland and crop ground, including 89 acres irrigated and 80 acres dry land. This easement is held by the Okanogan Land Trust and to restrict future subdivision on this land, limit residential development and keep valuable rangeland and significant soils intact for future agricultural use. The project boundary includes 47 acres of wetlands that provide exceptional waterfowl habitat and other riparian values critical to the arid climate. The ranch abuts Whitestone Lake and is in close proximity to Spectacle Lake. The Barnes family began assembling this ranch in 1924 and it was incorporated in 1929, distinguishing it as one of the oldest “incorporated” ranches in Okanogan County. This family owned cow-calf operation is one of a handful still operating in the north end of the Okanogan Valley and contributes significantly to the local agricultural economy.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Okanogan Land Trust Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $788,593.00 Applicant Match: $788,593.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1275

Location Details

From northbound Highway 97 in Tonasket, Washington turn left onto 4th Street W. Cross the Okanogan River and at the T intersection turn north (right) on Highway 7. Proceed north on Highway 7 just over 5 miles. At the intersection of Highway 7 and the Loomis-Oroville Highway turn west (left) onto the Loomis-Oroville Road and proceed on this road 5.9 miles to an intersection with Holmes Road. Turn left onto Holmes road and go 1.8 miles to the boundary of the ranch property south of Whiltestone Lake.

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.