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.
PCC Farmland Trust will use this grant to acquire a conservation easement on French Slough Farm, conserving 570 acres and extinguishing approximately 70 development rights. French Slough Farm is a 5th generation farm located in the Snohomish River Valley, one mile south-east of the City of Snohomish. The current generation of family members are interested in expanding farm production into vegetable crops, agritourism, and/or wine grapes to diversify and continue farming into the future. The property borders French Creek and the Pilchuck River at its confluence with the Snohomish River. The conservation easement will ensure the property will be protected as working farmland, and allow for compatible restoration targeting priority species and habitats in the future without compromising the agricultural viability of the farm. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working farmland.