Lopez Island Farmland

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

This grant helped purchase a conservation easement on 95 acres of prime farmland on Lopez Island. The Kjargaard/Buffum farm is currently used for grazing several dozen head of livestock and has over a 70 year history of agricultural production. All the soils are USDA prime farmland and are therefore well suited to a wide range of other feed and food crops in the future. A substantial 10% of the property is classified as farmland of statewide importance. The San Juan County Council has identified farmland preservation as one of the most pressing issues in the islands. In addition to the long-term agricultural future of the farm, it is also located along a major Lopez Island road, and preservation of the agricultural viewshed is important to the rural character of the island. The farm has been managed in an ecologically sensitive manner, without the use of harmful products of any kind, and would therefore be a good candidate for future designation in organic agriculture. Due to the mixture of cleared farmland, wetter areas and forest land on the property, the farm provides important habitat for migrating waterfowl and songbirds.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: San Juan County Land Bank Category: Farmland Preservation WWRP Grant: $300,000.00 Applicant Match: $348,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: San Juan Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1281

Location Details

From Anacortes you take a WSF ferry to Lopez Island. Take Ferry road south to Fisherman Bay Road and then proceed until just past Dill road. Farm entrance is on the 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.