Jacoby Agricultural Conservation 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

Whatcom County will use this grant to acquire a conservation easement on 100 acres of prime agricultural soils  and associated forestland on the Jacoby property. This property is located 13 miles east of Bellingham, WA in the South Fork Nooksack River watershed and is adjacent to WA Department of Natural Resources land and Whatcom County South Fork Park. The acquisition will remove 2 development rights and protect working lands in an area of increasing development pressure. It will also contribute to the agricultural economy of Whatcom County. The Jacoby property supports Coldstream Farm, a local dairy that is a leader in environmental sustainability. Protection of this property also supports Whatcom County’s goal of protecting 100,000 acres of land for agriculture, as stated in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Whatcom County is requesting funding  from RCO to support the acquisition of a conservation easement on the two agricultural designated parcels, which comprise 85 acres and the removal of 1 development right. The third 15-acre parcel is Designated Forest Land and funding to remove this parcel’s 1 development right will come solely from Whatcom County. One conservation easement will be placed over the 100 acres total, protecting both agriculture and working forest.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom County of Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $169,650.00 Applicant Match: $207,350.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1322

Location Details

From Bellingham, WA, drive east on WA-542 E. At the third traffic circle, turn south onto WA-9 S. Drive 6.9 miles, then turn left onto Mosquito Lake Rd. Destination will be the first driveway on left.

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.