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.
King County’s Farmland Preservation Program used this grant to purchase the development rights on the 141.05 acre Hendry property to permanently preserve it as farmland. The Hendry property has high quality agricultural soil and is used as a family-operated dairy. In addition to preserving the irreplaceable agricultural soil, by purchasing the development rights King County has limited the commercial use of the property to agriculture or open space uses. Not only does this keep the property available for farming, but it also reduces the property value, thereby helping to keep it affordable for farming. The Hendry property was a high priority for King County’s Farmland Preservation Program as its southern boundary borders the City of Carnation. Preserving it as farmland helps to ensure that as the City grows, it will not spread north into the farming area that King County has designated as the Snoqualmie Valley Agricultural Production District.