Hoch Family Farm Agricultural Easement

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Conservation Commission Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $504,539.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Benton Legislative District: 8 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1547

Location Details

Head southeast on I-182 E and take exit 12A for US-395 S toward Kennewick/Pendleton. Continue onto US-395 S taking the exit toward W Columbia Drive. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto W Columbia Drive. Continue straight to stay on W Columbia Dr. Turn right onto N Washington St and continue south until intersection with 27th Ave. Continue straight into driveway.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.