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 Land Trust is applying for grant funds to purchase a conservation easement on the approximately 115-acre Hannan Farm, located in Jefferson County. The purpose of this acquisition is to permanently preserve the prime agricultural soils on one of the largest historical working farms in Chimacum watershed by preventing subdivision and eliminating the estimated three remaining development rights. Conservation values include Farmland of Statewide Importance and Prime Agricultural soils; Chimacum Creek riparian salmonid spawning habitat; agricultural infrastructure and market accessibility; and scenic open space. The property is located 4 miles south of the agricultural-hub town of Chimacum in fertile Center Valley, and the mother/daughter landowners are raising beef cattle and hay crops. The easement will help permanently preserve approximately 2,000 feet of east Chimacum Creek, and approximately 3,000 feet of seasonal streams that have been replanted through NRCS programs and Jefferson County Conservation District efforts. Jefferson Land Trust aims to protect this historical working farm, threatened salmonid spawning habitat, and open space values through a conservation easement funded by RCO, Conservation Futures, and the Navy REPI program.