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.
Jefferson County and the Jefferson Land Trust will use this grant to buy a conservation easement on Finnriver Farm, a 33-acre, certified organic farm, regionally known for its berries and vegetables. Farm owners have planted more than 900 apple and pear trees and are establishing an artisan-scale winery and cider production facility. Conservation values include prime agricultural soils, about one-quarter mile of Chimacum Creek, scenic vistas, and habitat for salmon, beaver, trumpeter swans, bear, eagles, hawks, and many other animals. The farm is platted into four parcels, each of which can be developed. The easement will be co-held by the county and land trust.