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.
Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to purchase an agricultural conservation easement on approximately 1,983 acres of Little Klickitat River Century Farm west of Goldendale in Klickitat County. The easement will extinguish about 96 development rights on land that supports irrigated pasture managed for hay, beef cattle, and chicken eggs. The easement will protect nearly one mile of shoreline along the Little Klickitat River from future development impacts. The primary benefit of this project is the the preservation of working farmland.