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.
Kent will use this grant to buy the development rights on 6.16 acres of farmland in the Kent Valley that is both critical habitat and active farmland adjacent to the Green River. The Koch family owns the land and has been farming it for the past two generations. Because of its adjacency to the Green River, city leaders view this acquisition as a critical component to the preservation of both farmland and Riparian Protection and floodplain habitat. The land is next to other publicly owned parcels and would become a key property in the city’s efforts to preserve valuable open space in a rapidly urbanizing area. Kent will contribute $400,000 from conservation futures.