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.
At the end of October 2022, Jefferson Land Trust permanently protected the 115 acre Hannan Farm with purchase of a conservation easement funded with State Farmland Preservation Program and Conservation Futures funding, and with purchase of a restrictive easement through the US Navy’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program funding. These two easements ensure that the farm will never be subdivided, and that future residential development will be limited to the two existing homesites located in the one designated building envelope. Furthermore, the prime soils of the farm are protected through impervious surface limitations and prohibitions on mining. The Riparian Protection areas along the tributaries and main channel of Chimacum Creek, currently enrolled in the CREP program will remain protected after the CREP lease expires. Prior to closing, the Land Trust created a baseline document according to our standards and practices and worked with the landowners to develop a stewardship plan. These plans help the Land Trust and the landowners to manage and steward the property in accordance with the easement terms, and strive to enhance the protected conservation values.