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.
The Jefferson Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to permanently protect the 115-acre Hannan Farm, 4 miles south of Chimacum. The agreement will preserve permanently one of the largest historical working farms in the Chimacum watershed by preventing subdivision of the land and future development. The agreement also will help protect nearly 1 mile of Chimacum Creek and seasonal streams. The farm is designated as farmland of statewide importance and has prime soils, salmon spawning habitat in Chimacum Creek, and scenic open space. The mother and daughter landowners are raising cattle and hay crops. The Jefferson Land Trust will contribute $319,800 in local and federal grants.