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 State Conservation Commission will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve a nearly 26-acre farm in Kennewick. The farm, which is used for raising livestock and produce, has important silt loam soils and has been farmed since the 1930s. Through a partnership with Washington State University, the landowner has opened the farm to students for education and research purposes.