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 permanent conservation easement on Getchell Ranch, one of the oldest farmsteads in the Snohomish River Valley. The 94-acre farm is located on Ebey Island, just across I-5 and the Snohomish River from Everett in Snohomish County. The ranch includes prime soils, a historic farmhouse and barn, a small heritage orchard, and pasture. The ranch has two farm houses and a mobile home on site. The easement will cover the entire 94 acres and will extinguish the estimated 8 remaining unexercised development rights. The primary benefit of this project is the preservation of working farmland.