Lazy Cross Ranch

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 Washington State Conservation Commission will use this grant to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on approximately 4,350 acres in perpetuity and will extinguish 313 development rights. The Lazy Cross Ranch currently serves as an upland grazing operation. This property includes a portion of the Rock Creek watershed which is home to mid-Columbia ESA listed chinook and steelhead and also includes the upper reaches of Squaw Creek, which also contains important habitat for steelhead. The property is located in Klickitat County about 25 miles east of Goldendale along the Bickleton Highway.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Conservation Commission Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: 1803656 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1923

Location Details

To Homesite: From the town of Goldendale, travel east on the Bickleton Hwy for 6.77 miles. Homesite is on your left. To project site: From the homesite Travel east on Bickleton Hwy for 25.8 miles. Turn right onto Dot Rd. Travel 2 miles. Project site is on your right.

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.