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 Great Peninsula Conservancy will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 96 acres of farmland, which is under increasing development pressure. Kaukiki farmland includes prime agricultural soils and includes ponds, wetlands, and a fish-bearing stream that flows through the area and into Taylor Bay. Owned and operated by the Bryant family since 2008, the farm produces cattle and sheep for meat and wool. At 141 acres, Kaukiki Farm is one of the largest agricultural and community resources on the Key Peninsula. The landowners offer outreach and educational opportunities through their partnerships with the Key Peninsula Farm Tour and Pierce County Conservation District. Great Peninsula Conservancy will contribute $500,000 in a local grant.