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.
Skagit County will use this grant to conserve 160 acres of farmland, known as Hayton Farm, on Fir Island. The County will buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, which will prevent the farm from being developed and ensure the land will be available for farming forever. The overall goal is to keep the farm in agricultural productivity and to protect prime and important agricultural soils. Skagit County will contribute $263,250 in Conservation Futures.