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 Palouse Land Trust will use this grant to acquire an agricultural conservation easement on approximately 520 acres of farmland in perpetuity and will extinguish 62 development rights. The farm currently grows barley, wheat, peas and lentils. The farm yields over 100 bushels of wheat and 2.25 tons per acre. A stewardship and monitoring plan will be developed to ensure the terms of the agricultural conservation easement are upheld in perpetuity. The property is located in Whitman County near the City of Colfax, on Highway 195.